Physiotherapy and Preventing Falls
What happens to us as we age? Why are we at more risk of falling and how can we prevent it?
As we get older we start to realise that physical activity just isn’t as easy as it used to be - but why is this exactly? Our bodies will go through the natural ageing process and physical changes include decreased muscle strength, reduced bone density and a higher body fat percentage. This combined with stiffer joints and reduced coordination can have a detrimental effect to older people’s balance and mobility leading to an increase their risk of falls.
Around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls. Thankfully most falls don’t result in serious injury, but can really affect someone’s confidence, and lead to reduced independence.
How can I prevent falls?
Strength and balance training
Arrange items in your home to prevent excessive reaching or bending
Book a sight test if you are concerned about your vision
Wear well-fitting shoes that provide support around the ankle
Get help with things you can’t do safely on your own
We would all love a magic wand to stop the inevitable ageing process, and we are yet to find it. However, physiotherapists can work with older people to help them remain active and maintain their independence for as long as possible.
Physiotherapy cannot stop the ageing process, but it has been shown to improve various physical factors such as joint range, strength, balance, exercise tolerance and pain. Consequently, it can help older adults maintain their function, general health/wellbeing and independence.
At Kalm an initial physiotherapy assessment involves discussing your history and needs. We would then assess physical elements such as your range of movement, strength and mobility. Together we would create specific goals you would like to achieve allowing sp we can create a bespoke programme for you. This may include stretching, strengthening and balance exercises, as well as practicing functional activities such as walking, stairs etc. We can also provide equipment such as walking aids and advice on preventing falls.
Remember Kalm can provide this exact service in your own home and covers residents in Bransgore, Mudeford, Christchurch and surrounding areas. Simply contact us via email – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07855084925 and we can discuss if physiotherapy is suitable for you.