Fall prevention is important, especially as we age — or a snowy Buffalo winter sets in!
Even in challenging conditions, slipping, tripping, or falling doesn’t have to be inevitable, or something to live in fear of.
Try adding these fall-prevention measures to your daily routine.
In this video, Occupational Therapist Jill Katz, MS OTR/L, shows you three fall prevention techniques.
The thought of falling can be a scary one, especially as we age. For older adults, falling can reduce the ability to remain independent.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent falling or serious injury should a fall occur.
One of the most important fall prevention measures you can take is strength training.
Strength training with weight-bearing movements or free weights improves both balance and stability. When we have better balance, we’re less likely to fall — even on slippery surfaces.
Here is a program with exercises to improve your balance.
Bracing for a Fall
When an accident happens and fall prevention isn’t possible, make sure you’re properly bracing yourself.
As you feel yourself falling, instinct tells you to reach your hands forward to protect your head or face from hitting the ground. This is when most injuries occur, especially to the hands and wrists.
When you first feel yourself slipping, try tucking and rolling by bringing your head toward your chest and slowly leaning into the fall.
Yes — fighting instinct is tough but the more relaxed you can stay during a fall, the better chance you will have of escaping serious injury.
There are many adaptations you can make to give yourself more stability.
Using a railing is not only helpful in unfavorable conditions but when navigating doorways or stairways. Items like walkers or canes can also help you feel more stable and keep your balance.
Finally, footwear is extremely important! When conditions get slick, you want something with a thicker insole to provide more grip.
Want help improving your balance?
If you’re struggling with your balance and would like a customized plan to feel and move your best, our Physical and Occupational Therapists can help.
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