Peak Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, a South Shore practice specializing in unique programs that provide holistic treatment in orthopedic, spine and sports medicine specialties, recently presented a holistic fall prevention program to seniors at the Scituate Senior Center.
Peak Physical Therapy & Sports Performance founder Eric Edelman, PT, presented the free program where he discussed the dangers of falling and tips to prevent falls. According to the CDC, more than 1.6 million older U.S. adults each year go to emergency departments for fall-related injuries. Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, and loss of independence.
As individuals get older, they may develop more risk factors that can lead to a fall. During the normal aging process, individuals have decreased muscle strength, slowing of reflexes and balance reactions, and can develop a fear of falling. Balance and gait is also impacted by neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or stroke, and complications related to visual disturbances, diabetes, and unstable blood pressure. As we age, we also tend to have more prescription medications to take. According to the National Institutes of Health, people taking 4 or more prescription medications have an increased risk of falling.
Balance and gait training can be done by performing exercises on level or uneven surfaces. Balance discs, foam pads and rollers, balance boards, and stability balls are tools that may add variety and challenge to balance training programs. Research shows that balance improves with resistance training and stretching programs. The presentation provided education on how to reduce the risk of falling and how to remove unnecessary obstacles such as throw rugs.
“We are pleased to be able to offer these program to the communities we serve. Balance and fall prevention is one of the most important issues for our seniors,” said Edelman “A fall can easily lead to a series of health issues so if we are able to help with prevention it can have a huge impact on their quality of life.”
About Peak Physical Therapy & Sports Performance
Located in Norwell, Scituate, Quincy, and Hanover, Peak Physical Therapy & Sports Performance offers specialized programs tailored to their patients’ needs. They offer spinal and sports injury programs, and have also developed specialized programs that address post-surgical