Fall Prevention

looking to stay independent? 

Is aging in place important to you? 

did you know the number one cause of loss of independence is due to injuries from falls?

Falls are preventable!

fall prevention

All of our chiropractors are well known for being more than neck and back pain doctors. Here we share fall prevention tips. Schedule with us and we will help you create a daily regimen that will improve your not only your balance, but your bone density and overall strength. That is the Drummond Difference. 

Top tips for fall prevention:

Home Safety

  • Check for trip hazards
    • loose rugs
    • tidy up all clutter
    • repair any tripping hazards
    • make floors non-slip
    • coil or tape cords and wires next to the wall
    • preferably living in a one level home
      • if you have stairs, 
        • always keep the clear and well lite
        • make sure the hand rails are sturdy and on both sides
  • Install grab bars and hand rails
    • in showers
    • by toilets
  • Good lighting 
    • place a lamp close to the bed where it is easy to reach
    • put motion sensor night lights through out the house
    • Hire and electrician to 
      • install good lightening 
        • with dual switches so you can turn on and off lights at either end
      • add more outlets if need be (so extension cords are not needed)
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing
    • wear non slip, comfortable, well fitting shoes
    • avoid loose clothing that you can trip on
  • Never use a chair as a step stool
    • place commonly used items in places easy to reach
    • if you need to use a step stool, get one with a bar to hold on to

Talk to your doctor to evaluate your fall risk

  • Review your medications to see if any have side effects like dizziness or sleepiness, that could increase your risk of falling.
  • Check your blood pressure and sugar levels to verify they are under control. If not, changes in these can lead to light headedness, and increased risk of falling
  • Have your Vitamin D levels checked, as it helps with bone health
  • If you are using any medications that are sedative or antidepressants, see about reducing or stopping these medications as they can affect your balance

Have your eyes checked

If you can not see well, you are at risk of falling. Have your eyes checked at least once a year by an eye doctor to ensure your prescription glasses are updated. If you have bifocal or progressive lenses, you may want to also have a pair of glasses with your distance prescription for your out door activities. Bifocal or progressive lenses can make objects appear closer or farther than they actually are, making them a trip hazard.

Strengthen muscles and proprioception

Even if you keep your home free of fall hazards, you can still fall if you become fatigued, dizzy, disoriented or worse, your hip bone breaks from being too weak to support your weight, causing you to fall.

We can evaluate your balance, help you strengthen your muscles and strengthen bones through diet and exercises. To learn more, check out the videos and advice below:

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Do you have pain from falls or think it is just pain from "aging"? Unsure if you can see a chiropractor because you have osteoporosis, or some condition that limits your treatment options? We can help! We have many gentle modalities to get you back to doing daily activities as well as activities you enjoy.

With multiple experienced chiropractors on staff, we are likely to be able to get you an appointment today. We are here to help you on your journey back to health.  Bonus: we can bill insurance. 

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We are here to help you.

Top Supplements for bone health: 

Most know calcium is important for bone health. But did you know not all calcium is good for you. If you have bone loss, the form of calcium you should look into is MCHC, as other forms of calcium can lead to gall stones and kidney stones.

Vitamin D3 (food based) is essential for calcium absorption (the building block of your bones). If you take a Vitamin D supplement, verify with your health care practitioner that it is not synthetic (Vitamin D2) as that can lead to hardening of the arteries.

Magnesium and potassium are also vital in bone health. Magnesium influences Vitamin D absorption and the parathyroid hormone which affects the remodeling of the bone. Potassium influences the acidity of the body. If our body is too acidic, the body will release the calcium from the bones to decrease the acidity (like how the calcium in an anti-acid decreases the acid in our stomach when we ingest it). If you are deficient in any of these micro-nutrients, the health, density and strength of your bones will be negatively impacted. For strong bones, you need these nutrients!

Watch the video above to learn more about supplements that help with osteopenia, osteoporosis and overall bone health. The video also warns about the hazards of some supplements, especially man made vitamins. If you want healthy bones, and prevent osteoporosis, you need to eat well, sleep well and move well.

Want us to help you determine 

what exercises and supplements are best for you 

to prevent falls and strength your bones and muscles? 

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Is chiropractic safe? 

Especially if you have osteoporosis?

We have specialized equipment that enable us to treat a variety of patients. We offer very gentle and safe therapies for our more delicate patients. If you have osteoporosis and have pain, we can still help!

We have flexion tables that gently stretch the low back, providing relief from low back pain.

Flexion table for sensitive low backs

We also have drop tables and other gentle adjustment tools to help speed your recovery.

The health benefits of an adjustment are often greater than expected. Stretching the vertebrae of the spine apart with our gentle chiropractic tools creates more space for the nerves that exit the spinal cord, improves blood flow and lymph drainage increases. This allows nutrients to flow into and waste to flow out of the tissues, resulting in ideal conditions for the tissues to not only heal, but to function optimally. Bones need blood flow too! Without this space, there is more pressure on the nerves, blood vessels, and tissues, which inhibits the building of your bones and the healing of your injuries. As we ages, our bone growth and healing process slows, so anything that aids healing is imperative to our overall health of your body, including your bones.

Nerves especially do not like pressure; they function better with space. Better communication between the brain and the body makes for better functioning organs and better growing bones. This leads to more than just pain relief, but results in a healthier body in general, including denser bones. This is why patients often report their bones strengthen, the proprioception (balance) improves, their muscles strengthen, pain resolves, as well as other effects like their sinuses drain, the pressure in their ears clears, and they no longer suffer from headaches. These are all great side effects. This is why I love chiropractic. In my opinion, chiropractic is the best treatment for most conditions!

After doing chiropractic adjustments on patients for neck pain, I often hear things like “I haven’t had a migraine since,” “My sinuses have cleared,” “My vertigo is gone,” “My carpal tunnel syndrome resolved,” and “My arms don’t fall asleep or hurt anymore.”

Nerves that exit the mid-back region send signals to the organs in the mid-torso, including the lungs, stomach, spleen, and liver. After doing chiropractic adjustments on patients for mid-back pain, I have heard things like “My GERD has improved” and “My asthma is better.”

Nerves that exit the lower back region of the spine send signals to the organs in the lower torso, including the lower intestines, reproductive organs, and lower extremities. After doing chiropractic adjustments on patients for low back pain, I often hear things like “My bowel movements have been more regular than ever,” “My menstrual cycle is more normal,” “My ED (erectile dysfunction) seems to have resolved,” and “I was told by my medical doctor that I was infertile, and now I am pregnant!”

After doing chiropractic adjustments on children, their parents report, “They are calmer,” “They are sleeping better,” and “They are able to focus more.”

I prefer these types of “side effects” to the side effects people experience with allopathic medicine, which often have incredibly long lists of possible negative side effects, including “Can cause death.” When you take any medicine, there is always some negative effect; sometimes that negative effect ends up outweighing the benefit.

Why wait to see

what we can do for you,

for fall prevention and your bone health?

Want to see what we can do for you? Why wait?

to schedule with us.

Check out success story #3 to learn how Dr. McCoy helped "Grandma" be able to get back to life and play with her grandchildren again!

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Drummond Chiropractic, LLC
Your Downtown Bone Health Specialists
565 N Walnut St,
Bloomington, IN 47404

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