Exercise is really important at all ages but it is even more important as we age.
Did you know that falls are the single biggest reason for injury-related admission to hospital and presentations to the emergency department in people over 65 years? This is about double the rate of admissions from Motor Vehicle Accidents!!!
Did you also know that osteoarthritis of the hip and or the knee can increase your risk of falls. Anyone over the age of 45 years who have either of these conditions are 50% more likely to have a fall.
But, I hear you say -“I WALK EVERY DAY” or ‘I GO TO THE GYM”.
While these activities have lots of benefits including, mobility, strength, preventing osteoporosis and general well- being, unfortunately they do not help to reduce the risk of falls as we age.
Studies show that you can reduce the rate of falls by 30% and the risk of fall-related fractures by a huge 70% with at least 2 hours per week of specific falls prevention exercises. This may be in a group setting or home based prescribed exercises, but it needs to be weight bearing and balance challenging.
In this link to the government website Active and Healthy there are a few tips on some easy to do at home tasks while you look into finding some structured programs. If you would like any more information or would like to come and see our Osteopaths to be assessed, please contact us.