Falls and the elderly
Falls are the main cause of morbidity and disability in the elderly. More than one-third of persons 65 years of age or older fall each year, and in half of such cases, the falls are recurrent. The risk doubles or triples in the presence of cognitive impairment or history of previous falls.
Reducing the risk of a fall has a few factors to it, the balance being a major one. In addition, the ability of your brain to recognize where your limbs are in space (proprioception is the technical term for those who are interested).
An interesting study demonstrated improved stepping reaction time and ankle joint position awareness following 12 weeks of chiropractic care. Although this is only one study, it does show improvements in factors linked with falls risk and stability.
It’s noteworthy that the participants in this study were all in their mid-sixties and older. You are never too young or too old to benefit from utilizing chiropractic care to improve the function of your nervous system and spine!
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