It’s that time of year again, where the weather gets wet, wild, and completely unpredictable. We start putting on boots, coats, hats, layers upon layers, we lay down carpets, rugs and mats to make an attempt to keep mud out that will without fail make its way inside. With all the hustle and bustle of the season it’s easy to forget about all of the hazards that accompany this great time of year, in particularly one that we see all too frequent in our office, falling.
Everyone has a family member or a friend who has fallen during the fall/winter months in Western New York. It is inevitable. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take some steps to limit the risk of falling. Whether it be a slip on some ice or you fall face first after tripping on your welcome mat , the injuries you might incur are real, sprain/broken fingers, wrists, arms, knees, toes, and the one we dread to hear, the broken hip. In our office we often get told after these events that “If I had only made sure the throw rug wasn’t bunched up I wouldn’t have fallen” or “If I had only made sure my shoes were tied tight”, and unfortunately at that point it is too late and the damage is done. 50% of people who fall and break a hip over the age of 65 will not make it past one year, that percentage goes up the older you are. This is due to increased risk from infection from hospital, rehab visits, and the inability to move any longer which will involve some psychological components. Not to mention the costs of such treatment can be astronomical if they aren’t fully covered. It is a definite problem in cold weather areas with dramatic consequences.
At this point you might be saying to yourself, “Well, Dr. Doom and Gloom thanks for dragging me down after reading this, if you’re not going to help me why inform me of this stuff?” Good news is the point of this month’s newsletter is to give you some tips and tricks for fall prevention; some of this will be brutally obvious, while others might be just what you were looking for:
Tape down the ends of throw rugs, welcome mats, bath mats (this one would need to be changed periodically), or if this can’t be done, remove them. 26% of falls occur on level surfaces within the home. Better to have colder feet than broken bones.
Working with the first suggestion, mark electrical wires, cords, strings, anything on the ground that has potential to trip you and either cover them with appropriate coverings, or again move them to an area where you cannot trip over them.
Wear proper sized slippers that fit snugly on your feet. (Same goes for shoes or boots ) I agree that comfy oversized slippers feel great but they can be a very serious hazard in elder populations.
Small pets are a huge risk, there aren’t many ways to decrease the chance of them tripping you, other than being as aware of them as possible, as well as the fact that they can drag water, snow, or mud anywhere into your house which might make you slip (hence why you have all those throw rugs !)
Turn lights on when before you leave the house in the evening, and when you move about your house in the morning/night. Seems like a pretty basic idea, but balance is a lot worse when it is dark and we are all about limiting risk factors here
Make sure that if you have diabetes that it is under control, numbness and tingling into the feet from diabetes is a serious issue, it will affect your ability to feel things with your feet, as well as your ability to stabilize yourself when you walk.
Maintain your sidewalks, steps, and outdoor areas. It’s Buffalo, it’s winter. It will be icy eventually, do your best to maintain to limit your chance and someone else’s as well. Not to mention wet slippery leaves!
Get Adjusted! Making sure that joints and neuromuscular feedback are operating at 100% will help you feel stable, and limit compensation movements from pain, as well as allowing you to react to any changes in your environment quickly.
Falling is a serious and oftentimes complicating issue to your physical, mental, and social health. Here at Riverview Chiropractic Health are goal is to help you get back to where you want after an unfortunate event happens to you, but we all agree the best treatment in this case is preventative treatment, where you don’t fall at all. If you have any questions about things you or a loved one can do to decrease the risk for falling, ask us and we will be more than happy to help you!
What’s going on in our office? We have new and exciting things going on this month!
We have a fantastic Holy Yoga Class on Wednesday, October 17th at 7 pm- 8pm, taught by Jessica Dows. The class will cost $10. This is great for the avid Yogi, or someone who wants to try it for the first time in a safe, friendly, judgment free environment.
Ready to “fall” into Essential Oils?
Dr. Sasha Marinaccio will be hosting a new, free essential oils class: “Oils for Seasonal Support”. It will be on Wednesday, October 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm (Please note: this is a date change from last month’s newsletter!). Bring a friend and share the experience of keeping you feeling great all fall… there will be prizes! For extra details, follow Dr. Marinaccio on Facebook at @DrSashaMarinaccio. Sign up at the Front Desk today!
The office will be open on Columbus Day with usual hours on Monday, October 8th.
3 medium very ripe bananas
1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup maple sugar (or brown sugar)
2 large egg whites
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup crushed pecans
Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a cupcake tin with liners.
Mash bananas in a bowl, set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.
In a large bowl cream butter and 1/4 cup maple sugar with an electric mixer.
Add egg whites, mashed bananas, maple syrup, apple sauce and vanilla; beat at medium speed until mixed well, scraping down sides of the bowl.
Add flour mixture, then blend at a low speed until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Spread the pecans evenly over the muffins.
Bake the muffins on the center rack for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.