Spinal Safety Tips

HOW TO PREVENT FALLS AT HOME


Although a potentially dangerous fall can happen at any age, individuals aged 65 and over are the most susceptible. In individuals over the age of 80, falls are the number one cause of death.

The truth is, many falls that happen within the home could have been avoided by taking the appropriate preventative measures. Pay attention to:
  • Front door and other entrances—Install railings on both sides of steps, repair broken stairs or walkways and ensure adequate lighting.
  • Living Room and Bedrooms—If a piece of furniture acts as an obstacle move it closer to the wall or remove it completely. Install thick carpeting to help cushion a fall, should it occur, eliminate glass tables or other breakable items. Avoid tables with sharp edges, rounded corners are preferable.
  • Bathroom—Install safety bars near the toilet, and in and around the bathtub/ shower.
  • Outdoors—Keep walkways clear of debris and weeds.
  • Cords— Move cords away from high traffic areas, wrap any excess, and attach extension cords securely to the wall.
  • Flooring—Purchase non-slip rugs to counteract a smooth floor, (or tape existing rugs with double sided tape) especially in the bathroom and kitchen, where contact with water becomes a cause for concern.
  • Colors—Use colors to differentiate between various levels and fixtures. Highlite the edges of steps with a brighter color (i.e.. blue painters tape) or choose a wall color that offsets the shade of fixtures.
We specialize in the development of a well designed fall prevention program that addresses your needs. We can make recommendations to help preserve balance and avoid falls by designing a custom program that takes your individual capabilities and needs into consideration.




NUTRITION FOR YOUR JOINTS

It’s a well known fact that nutrients in certain foods can boost immunity, improve heart health and promote overall health. However, did you know that nutrition can play a role in bone and joint health as well??

Joints serve and important function in the human body. Movement at the joints allows you to bend reach, turn and rotate.

As an individual gets older, more sedentary and gains weight, arthritic changes can set in. The joint begins to degenerate, resulting in pain and discomfort in daily life.

The best way to build strength and stability of the joints and the surrounding ligaments, muscles and bones is through a combination of exercise, healthy eating and nutritional supplements.

Call us to come in and talk to a therapist about your joint health!




WATCH YOUR STEP

If you plan on stepping outside to walk or run, expect your physical therapist to teach you the ‘mechanics of motion’. With the proper walking and running technique, you can avoid injury and improve muscular endurance. Here are a few things to consider:
  • The right degree of flexion in your knees and elbows is important to reduce strain on your joints.
  • Posture is important. In fact, your entire technique is dependent upon your posture for efficiency and safety.
  • An appropriate rage of motion helps minimize injuries and improve running technique.
  • Proper stride length is an important aspect of efficiency and injury prevention.
  • Proper rhythm, or cadence, will help you minimize injury by eliminating unnecessary overuse of your muscles.
  • Coordination between your upper and lower body is an important aspect of running technique.
Each or these components plays a vital role in the running technique. As you progress with each component, except an improvement in your strength, efficiency, distance and possibly speed.

 

There is no magic number for someone to heal!


Pain or injury that does not improve within two (2) weeks of home treatment suggests something more serious maybe wrong.

Be leery of providers who recommend a set number of treatment visits, without even an evaluation and initial treatment. If they claim that they can get you better and stay better free of pain, why can't they make it sooner?  

Anatomy Spinal Library

 

A basic knowledge of spinal anatomy is very helpful in understanding the mechanical and physiological changes that cause various types of back pain. Check out our Anatomy Spinal Library for an overview of the spinal cord.