Falling represent one the leading causes of injury worldwide. Two of the big risk factors are reduced mobility and reduced balance. Both tend to get worse with age, especially with a sedentary lifestyle. It’s so important to keep active as you get older. Get out of the house, go for a walk, take part in exercise that you enjoy and that’s social.
I see so many people aged 60+ who laugh about how bad their balance is. The standard line is “I promise I haven’t been drinking!” Sadly, it’s not something we should laugh about. We should be taking this as seriously as a diagnosis of diabetes. From the moment you know you have an issue with balance your focus should be on improving it.
It’s essential to realise that as you get older your risk of falling increases. Take some time to make changes to your home. Remove rugs. Keep the floor tidy. Add a non-slip matt to the shower. Stop using the bath if you’re having trouble climbing in or out. Do balance and mobility exercises. Wear appropriate shoes. Avoid walking down the stairs when carrying something that impedes your vision. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.
At our chiropractic clinic in Woking we test everyones balance and mobility, regardless of why they’ve booked an appointment. Balance isn’t just bad in those older than 60. People with low back pain have reduced balance, those with previous ankle or leg injuries, nerve compression, vestibular disorders and the list goes on. In order to have healthy balance your need a strong heart and lungs, bones and joints, a healthy sensory system and muscular system. You need good cognition and memory. Balance is so wonderfully complex that it can challenged by many different conditions.
My goal is to assess the quality of your movement, balance and posture by understanding how healthy your neuromuscular system is functioning. The great news is that with a little time and care we can produce profound changes in your balance. Reducing your risk of falling and injury in the future.