Each year, on average, 1 out of 3 elderly people suffer from a fall. Approximately 25% of these falls lead to serious injuries. As we age, the risk of falling increases. For those over the age of 65, the number one cause of death is a serious injury from a fall. Falls among the elderly can not only affect their quality of life, but they can also affect their loved ones, as the result of a serious fall can require long hospital stays or around the clock care. Many elderly people not only worry about the health implications of falling, but also have a psychological fear of falling itself that can affect their ability to live life normally. But the fear of falling doesn’t have to overwhelm you or those you love. Chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor is a proven method for reducing chances of falling and increasing independence and overall quality of life among the elderly.
Why Do Falls Increase As We Age?
The problem with aging is that muscle tone and mobility decrease. Many elderly people also experience balance problems. Poor posture is a top cause of imbalance that leads to falls. If we don’t stand or walk correctly, we increase our risk of falling significantly. Our muscles also tend to atrophy as we get older, so we lose strength and control. Wear and tear on joints and muscles can also lead to chronic musculoskeletal pain. This type of pain is at the very top of the list of reasons that cause falls among the elderly. Additionally, other health concerns such as dizziness or vertigo among the elderly can also cause falls. When older adults are faced with so many health concerns, it is no wonder that their fear and risk of falling increases. But Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can help improve overall health to give the elderly back their confidence in their ability to move so as to decrease the chances of falling.
The Risks Associated with Falling
It may not just be the fall itself that scares the elderly population, but the health implications that come with a fall that can be just as terrifying. For instance, a fall for those over the age of 65 can lead to serious injury, surgery, or even hospitalization. Even after a recovery period, the elderly may not regain back full mobility after a fall, which can drastically affect their independence and ability to live life as they once did. It can be incredibly hard to depend on others for help when you are used to doing things for yourself. Because of this, the fear of falling itself increases as we age, which can, in turn, lead to a greater chance of experiencing a fall. You don’t want to spend your life in fear of what may happen when and if you fall. Instead, seek chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to experience the benefits for your health and mobility.
How Chiropractic Care Decreases Risk of Falls
Chiropractic care focuses on improving spinal health to improve overall health among both the young and old. It can improve posture to increase balance, as well as correct spinal misalignments that can cause vertigo and dizziness. Gentle adjustments will also improve blood flow so muscles won’t atrophy and become weak. Increasing blood flow will increase muscle control so that the elderly can feel more in control as they move and are able to prevent possible falls. Dr. Tom Niemela also focuses on musculoskeletal care to decrease chronic pain and increase range of motion. The benefits of chiropractic care can alleviate fear of falling so that the elderly can experience optimal health and an improved quality of life.
If you feel out of control of your body due to aging and have a fear of falling, consider chiropractic care. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to see for yourself what chiropractic care can do for you.
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