Fall prevention becomes more and more important as we get older. The No. 1 reason that people fall is that they have poor balance. As we get older and have less balance, that creates a greater chance of falling, which is the No. 1 injury as we age. Today we are going to show you a few simple ways to tell if you are having balancing issues and how you can improve them if you are.
First, can you walk up a flight of stairs without holding onto anything? Can you walk down the stairs without holding on to anything? When you walk off a curb, are you walking straight or to the side? As we get older, we tend to walk with a wider gait to make up for our lack of balance. These subtle changes in our movement lead to a lack of balance and make it difficult to react when we stumble or move onto an uneven surface.
This can be especially hazardous in scenarios where there’s nothing for you to hold on. You can’t reach out and grab anything in the middle of an icy street, for example. Circumstances like these could lead to a number of different injuries.
The first thing you can do to test your balance is simply standing on one foot. You should be able to maintain your balance for 10 seconds on both sides. Next, close your eyes while you do the same thing.
These tests are not only great ways to measure your balance, but also to practice and improve it. Better still, you can do them anywhere. The more you practice these, the better you will be at balancing and the safer you will be in the event that you do lose your balance. The quickness of your reaction is directly related to your balance.
If you are having any difficulty with balance or simply have a fear of falling, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email today so we can help out. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Poor posture when using technology can create a lot of unnecessary pain, and today we’ll address how you can correct it.
As technology becomes more and more integrated into our daily lives, a posture-related ailment we like to call “tech neck” has also become more prevalent.
Whether typing at an office desk or scrolling through our phones, many of us spend a large portion of our days with our heads down and our eyes glued to screens.
When we sit with our shoulders rounded and our head forward, it puts more strain on the muscles in our upper back. And as these muscles become more tired throughout the day, we tend to lean forward even more to compensate for the strain.
Instead of resolving the issue, though, this adjustment in posture can cause a lot of tension in a person’s neck.
Even if you can’t avoid periodically slipping into such a position, there is a simple exercise that can mitigate some of the associated problems it can lead to. Five times each hour, sit straight up in your chair with your arms at your sides, then hold your shoulder blades together for 10 seconds. By doing this so often, slouching will eventually become less comfortable than sitting with good posture.
When using a computer, tucking chair in under your desk, pulling your keyboard closer to you, and keeping your elbows at your side will help facilitate a more comfortable, and less straining, position. When using a cell phone, hold it up higher and look down with your eyes instead of with your entire head. Following these tactics will be essential in helping you to prevent tech neck.
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon
Today we’ll be answering some common questions related to physical therapy.
Today we’d like to address a few of the most common questions people have concerning physical therapy. In covering these questions, we’ll discuss why, and how soon, a person should go to physical therapy, as well as what physical therapy is meant to achieve in general.
We treat a wide variety of injuries in our own physical therapy practice, including everything from muscle strains to back and neck injuries, and beyond. We also tend to see a high volume of sports-related injuries.
But type of injury aside, how can someone know whether the injury they’re suffering from is worth pursuing physical therapy?
We’ve all overexerted ourselves and woken up with a sore back, but the difference between these injuries and the ones that may require physical therapy is how long, and how severely, they affect us. In short, physical therapy can be a prudent option for any injury that doesn’t resolve itself in a couple of days.
Also, the belief that you must go to a doctor before seeking physical therapy is a common misconception. The sooner you start treatment, the sooner you can start to heal. And while conventional wisdom may lead you to think that resting at home is the best way to heal, this is not the case.
Often, lying around doing nothing simply de-conditions your body from the daily tasks made difficult by your injury. This will make you weaker over time and make it even more difficult for you to regain the level of strength you had prior to your injury. Seeking physical therapy, rather, is a much more effective way to get back into your normal routine.
Even if you aren’t sure about whether the nature of your injury makes you a good candidate for physical therapy, there’s no harm in giving it a try. Our team would be happy to assess your injury and, if necessary, start treatment on the spot. Our job is to do whatever we can to make sure you start feeling better as soon as possible—whether by providing you with treatment or referring you to an appropriate physician.
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.