By Shawn Marie Watson, Lifepath Wellness Centre with Dr. Julian Politylo, Lifepath Wellness Centre
Serious injuries can result after a fall; I know this first-hand because my father recently fell down all of 5 stairs, and ended up breaking his back and neck. When an injury results after an accident of any sort, loved ones are often left to wonder how the situation could have been prevented. Most falls are a result of losing your balance. Chiropractor Dr. Julian Politylo offers us some simple tips on how to improve your balance and stability in order to prevent falls.
Improve Your Stability
Strong legs help to reduce your chance of falling because sturdy legs stabilize your core muscles. Simple exercises such as lunges and squats are an easy way to increase the muscle mass in your legs. Leg lifts increase muscle and improve flexibility.
Start with Brisk Walking or Jogging
Walking and jogging are two of the simplest ways to increase strength and stability in your legs, and to improve balance. The only equipment required is a good pair of shoes that supports your feet and ankles. Walking or jogging can be done alone or as a group, you can walk round the mall, a running track, or outside in your neighbourhood. The options are endless!
Think Outside the Box
Balance is affected by more than your leg strength. It is important to identify extenuating factors that could contribute to a fall. Poor eyesight, medications that cause dizziness, and many health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease can negatively affect your balance and stability. Annual eye exams, eating a healthy diet, and talking to your physician about medications that affect your balance is a great place to start.
See Your Chiropractor
A visit to see Dr. Politylo can help improve your balance and stability by restoring the alignment of your musculoskeletal system. Instability can be caused by the misalignment of your joints, muscles and bones. Chiropractic adjustments can bring back the correct alignment of this important body system, which will improve your overall health and wellness. Contact Lifepath Wellness to schedule your appointment with Dr. Politylo today.