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Chiropractic Help, Issue #03 - How to stop falling.
November 01, 2008
How to stop falling.
An interesting case
This month I have had to deal with a series of older folk who have taken a tumble. One in the kitchen, another in the bathroom (the most dangerous room in the house, except in the Netherlands where the staircase has that honour), and one on the street.
Falls, when we get older, can be very destructive. A broken wrist or hip, a subluxated coccyx is this month's case, but also a fall on the knee causing a painful kneecap injury ( patello Femoral Pain syndrome ) or a very bruised buttock.
Mrs Jansen fell hard on her tailbone. Stepping out of the bath onto a wet tiled floor, she stumbled and fell onto the edge of the bath. Ouch!
Getting an x-ray in Holland is well-nigh impossible. You have to be half dead, and fortunately it turned out not to be fractured anyway. She presented with a very beautiful purple buttock and an exquisitely tender coccyx.
We packed it with ice, I asked her daughter to lend Granny her child's inflatable swim-ring and I did a simple mobilising Chiropractic technique that is usually effective. Sometimes, but not too often, the coccyx has to be repositioned internally via the anus which is not very pleasant, but very effective. Coccyx treatment
What's to be done?What can the older person start doing to prevent a fall? Or at least lessen the chance of a fall?
Plenty. As we age all our neurological systems begin to weaken. Eyesight, hearing, taste, memory ... but, like everything else in the body, exercise of these systems has much benefit.
So too our balance mechanism. Balance is maintained through three key systems.
These three systems, working in harmony, keep us on our feet. Research shows that elderly folk who regularly do some simple exercises to keep these systems functioning are much less likely to fall.
Do these exercises several times a day, and you will find your balance improving.
If all of this is ridiculously easy, then try walking toe-to-heel with your eyes closed.
Are you handy with a bandsaw and a lathe, Grandpa? The wobble board below (can be purchased too, of course) would make a lovely inexpensive Christmas gift. Make different size balls to go under the board.
TipWith the best will in the world, most of us will fall occasionally. All women, men too really, should think about the causes of Osteoporosis long before they get old. By then it's too late to do much that is really effective. Right now the younger person can do plenty.
An ounce of prevention ... for more info about brittle bone disease, click here. Causes of osteoporosis ...
Nutritional cornerCutting out all the fat in your diet (to lose weight) is not sensible. Certain fatty acids are what we call 'essential'. You can't live without out them.
The nerves of the body, the brain and spinal cord, and our neurotransmitters are all dependent on essential fats, and cutting out all the fat in your diet will very quickly injure your nervous system.
New research shows that persons suffering from Motor Neuron Disease have all been on low fat (and high simple carbohydrate) diets.
But, because most of us have too much fat floating around in our blood streams, it is sensible to stick to the healthy fats. Cold pressed seed and fruit oils are best, particularly from the Olive and the Avocado. Fish, too.
It's my opinion that we should avoid margarines which are 50% "trans-fat", an abnormal fat in all of nature, and not good stuff to build nerves cells with.
Olive Garden salad dressing ...
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Yours in Better Health,
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