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FALLS PREVENTION 🍌

June 5, 2019

 

 

The risk of falls increases significantly as we age. The most common causes of falls include: inactivity, poor balance, mobility & strength, stiff joints, poor eyesight, poor footwear & incontinence.

Regular physical activity keeps us healthy & reduces the risk of falls. It also: 
• Improves balance, muscle strength & flexibility. 
• Keeps bones strong. 
• Increases energy levels & helps with sleep. 
• Helps control blood pressure, blood sugar & body weight.

There is lots you can do to help reduce your risk of falls. 
• Exercise regularly - stay as active as possible to help manage joint stiffness, muscle weakness & pain. 
• Include strength training - such as tai chi, dancing or group exercise classes.
• Eat well & drink water.
• Regular check-ups with your doctor to monitor health conditions (such as high or low blood pressure). 
• Wear good shoes. 
• Stand up slowly after laying down. 
• Keep walkways clear & avoid clutter.

 

our Physio is a great place to start if you want to reduce your risk of falls.

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