Watch Out! Tips For Preventing Slips and Falls

Falls are one of the most frequent types of accidents – and often the most dangerous! It is predicted 1998, falls in the home and community caused or led to nearly 16,000 deaths. All age groups are vulnerable, but older adults are most at risk. In fact, 80% of those receiving fatal injury are over the age of 65. Protect your spine – and other precious areas – by preventing falls. In recognition of National Spinal Health Month, take a few simple precautions to prevent against slips and falls.

Perform A Home Safety Check :

Keep the floor clear. Reduce clutter and safely tuck telephone and electrical cords out of walkways. Keep the floor clean. Clean up grease, water and other liquids immediately. Don’t wax floors. Use non-skid throw rugs to reduce your chance of slipping on linoleum. Also, slip-proof footwear can help avoid falls on slick surfaces. Install handrails in stairways. Have grab bars in the bathroom (by toilets and in tub/shower.) Make sure living areas are well lit.  Close all drawers 

after every use. Watch out for small pets and kids who may get underfoot. Be extra careful when you are carrying groceries or boxes, because you may not see what’s on the floor in front of you. Be aware that climbing and reaching high places will increase your chance of a fall. Use a sturdy step stool with hand rails – don’t teeter on a chair or a pile of boxes. Try not to reach too far to the right or left from your ladder or step stool.

And remember, if you do fall, give us a call as soon as possible.

Immediately after any fall:

The sooner you get into the office, the sooner your spine can be adjusted, and become healthy and normal again.

Chiropractic care, combined with massage, exercise and eating well, will help you reach and maintain your bodies optimum wellness.

By Carolyn Gochee

Dr. Carolyn Gochee, a holistic chiropractor, chose to specialize in wellness. Specific aspects of her practice include: Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)- Dr. Gochee is Advanced Certified and has over 500 hours of post-doctoral training. SOT(R) Methods practitioners recognize the important role of normal cranial function in health and disease. The cranial bones can cause problems in central nervous system that are often overlooked or ignored by most other chiropractors. Cranial adjustments help with ADD/ADHD, sinusitis, dyslexia, headaches, and many more. Dr. Gochee has taken hundreds of hours in Functional Medicine. This forward thinking of looking at a person’s labs or blood test. Dr. Gochee has spent many hours studying Functional Medicine and has developed a way to custom tailor your treatment. Many times, a patient will get labs results that are “normal,” which means there is no pathology or disease, but the patient still feels “off” or “not themselves.” Dr. Gochee can take a patient’s lab results, as incomplete as it might be, and find some serious, underlying problems that are being missed by many healthcare professionals.

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