Falls and the Elderly: Some Facts

* Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death, and the third leading cause of poor health among persons aged 65 years and older.

* Over 30% of community-dwelling older persons fall each year, and 15% fall more than once. Almost 33% of the older population experiences a decline in function after a fall, meaning they lose the ability to do the things they did before the fall.

* Every 35 minutes an older American dies as the result of a fall.

* The main consequences of falls were identified as a decline in physical and mental performance, an increased risk of falling and progressive loss of health-related quality of life.

* Many older persons experience psychological difficulties directly related to the fall. Among these psychological consequences are fear of falling, activity avoidance and loss of self-confidence.

* These things all reduce quality of life.

* 1/3 of the older population falls each year, and 1/3 of those who fall will suffer a decline in function.

* That means about 10% of the older population will fall and lose function each year.

* Fear of Falling leads to Activity Avoidance leads to Loss of Muscle & Bone Strength leads to Depression leads to Decreased Quality of Life

Nobody wants a decreased quality of life. Anyone – at any age – should expect to enjoy their time on this Earth. The healthier your body and your nervous system are, the less likely you will experience a fall…and the less likely that falling will disable you either physically or psychologically.

How Does Chiropractic and Balance Go Together?

Chiropractic adjustments remove nerve interference from the body. By removing that interference the brain and body can communicate and this allows your body to function better. The body is naturally a self-regulating, self-healing organism, and when allowed to function optimally the body has a tendency to rebound from most injuries and illnesses. Chiropractors don’t specifically treat most conditions, but will instead work to allow the body to heal itself.

Adjustments also stimulate the brain in areas responsible for controlling the joints that were adjusted. By sending a barrage of stimulation to the brain and to the joints involved, the neural brain pathways are strengthened making the two-way communication between your brain and body more clear and efficient. Just like practicing at the piano can strengthen the mental pathways involved in the coordination involved in making music with a piano, chiropractic adjustments help the body retrain and strengthen the neural pathways of joints that aid in balance and muscle control.

A healthy and adaptive nervous system can help you avoid a fall, and can help you recover after a fall. The doctors at Park Bench Chiropractic in Frederick, Md have experience dealing with seniors and understand the importance of maintaining a healthy, active, and independent lifestyle. Call our office at (301) 378-0334 or stop by today.


Dr. Romano is a board certified and licensed chiropractor in Maryland. He practices in Frederick, Md at 1780 North Market Street. He has worked with the older population in practice as a chiropractor as well as at numerous nursing homes and facilities. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Chiropractic. Dr. Romano and Dr. Schooley are also available to speak to groups, including seniors, about fall prevention and recovery and the importance of a healthy nervous system.

See Also: Preventing Falls with a Healthy Nervous System, When Seniors Fall: The Science, and The Hidden Injury After a Fall: Fear.

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