Guest Blog: Falls Prevention
Hello, my name is Byron Chan. I’m a physiotherapist at PhysioWorks, which is located here in the Kits community. I have been given the pleasure of sharing some information on the topic of falls prevention. I don’t think I have to elaborate too much on why this is a relevant topic for all of us but maybe a few stats will be helpful: One third of seniors will experience a fall per year, 85% of hospitalizations for seniors are due to falls, and almost half of these hospitalizations include hip fracture. The positive in this tough topic is that there are many simple things we can do to decrease our chances of falling.
1. Be a Clean Freak
It seems really simple but having a lot of clutter in your home increases your chances of a misstep. A good first step could be to clear up the areas of your home that have the most foot traffic. This is especially important for the pathway from your bed to the washroom since this might be a route you’ll be taking at night or in the dark.
There’s no secret as to why exercise is helpful. Apart having good strong limbs, good flexibility and mobility will help you to move more freely. And did you know that balance is something that you can build and improve? There are great exercises to boost the function of the balance centres in your brain and your joints. Look into fun classes like Tai Chi or the many great Senior programs here at Kits Neighbourhood House as they’ve as it’s been shown to decrease the chance of falls.
3. Keep your Health Care Team in the Loop
There are many other things that can contribute to falls so why not get some professionals to help you out? Medications, visual needs and changes, footwear or the need for assistive devices and incontinence are all factors that can be easily addressed by making regular visits with the appropriate health care professionals.
Here at PhysioWorks, we provide biomechanical assessments and exercise programs for those who’d like to improve on their physical function. Be sure to give us a call if you have any questions 604.366.8125.
About Byron Chan:
Byron is a registered physiotherapist who received his training from the University of Alberta. He has gone on to take courses in advanced manual therapy, the McKenzie method, and acupuncture. Byron is an owner of PhysioWorks, a progressive multi-disciplinary clinic offering physiotherapy, massage therapy, and active rehabilitation services to Kitsilano, Point Grey, and surrounding Vancouver communities.