There are many reasons for a loss of mobility. It may be a recent illness, hospital admission a surgical procedure or a recent fall.
Whatever the reason, physiotherapy can help you with getting your fitness, confidence, and independence back with our fall prevention measures.
Have you had a fall in the last year or are afraid of falling?
Around 1 in 3 adults over 65 and half of people over 80 will have at least one fall a year. Most falls do not cause serious injury, but there is a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, loss of confidence and independence.
Anyone can have a fall but older people are more vulnerable, especially if they also have a long-term health condition. There are many steps you can take to reduce the risk of falling and to prevent falls.
Our expert team can help you through the process with fall prevention education.
Why do I fall?
Problems with balance, muscle weakness, hearing or vision and long-term health issues such as heart disease, dementia and low blood pressure can all contribute to falling.
What can I do to help reduce falls?
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It will help to maintain strength, bone density and balance and is key to fall prevention and management.
According to government guidelines adults aged 65 and older need:
- At least 150 minutes a week (for example, 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) of moderate intensity activity such as brisk walking. Or they need 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity activity such as hiking, jogging, or running.
- At least 2 days a week of activities that strengthen muscles.
- Activities to improve balance about 3 days a week.
However, some physical activity is better than none at all!
How can physiotherapy help with falls?
Physiotherapy can play an role addressing the issues around falls with some practice guidelines on fall prevention.
Physiotherapy can help by:
- Home hazard assessment (advise on how to make your home safer to reduce the risk of trips, slips and falls)
- Specific exercises to help improve strength and flexibility
- Specific fall prevention exercises to help improve balance
Where do we cover?
Want to know more?
If you or a loved one has problems with reduced mobility and is in need of specialist physiotherapy, get in touch with us today.
Some of Our Specialist Physiotherapists …
Jinny qualified as a Physiotherapist over 20 years ago and has spent the last 16 years specialising in adult orthopaedics and elderly care.
She has extensive experience with a wide range of conditions, including elective post-operative and trauma.
Jinny covers Aldridge, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, and surrounding areas.
Paula is a senior Physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience. She has excellent skills in community-based rehabilitation, including helping people who have experienced falls.
Paula has undertaken postgraduate training to develop her skills which include Bobath Concept, electrical muscle stimulation, splinting and casting.
She is a member of ACPIN and covers areas around Solihull, Birmingham and Leamington Spa.