Posture and Falls
“Here’s How Posture Can Increase The Risk Of Falls In The Elderly”
Remember that postural balance is the ability to maintain yourself upright against gravity during any activity that you may be doing.
Remember too that posture is either good or bad. There is no in-between.
Good posture is characterized by fluid bodily movements, supple balance against gravity and efficient muscle utilization.
Bad posture on the other hand is dysfunctional movement patterns, a weakened ability to balance oneself and distorted body alignment (postural distortions).
The 2 sub-components of posture are orientation and stabilization. Orientation is the ability to sense where you are in space. Stabilization is the process of stiffening
one part of the body to allow free movement of another part of the body within a normal range of motion.
A fluid combination of orientation and stabilization creates a healthy posture with sturdy balance.
Recall posture quadrant #1 which is your head and cervical spine (neck). One of the most common posture distortion patterns in quadrant #1 is Forward Head Posture (FHP) or tech neck. We have learned about this extensively in the past. This type of posture will cause spinal degenerative arthritis in the neck.
Remember that this is one of the fastest growing health conditions. People with spinal degenerative arthritis in their neck have decreased postural control, increased postural sway, less stability against gravity, decreased body awareness, sensory-motor disturbances and therefore an increased risk of stumbling and falling.
And because FHP and its sequela is one of the most common posture distortion patterns in the elderly population, it is highly contributory to their higher incidence of stumbling and falling.
Next time I am going to teach you what you can do to prevent this from happening but in the meantime, if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me.
Remember that consultations are always free of charge and these also include a free posture check. We offer these as a community service. We have office hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and most Saturday mornings.
Our phone number is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link right on our home page.
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