It’s World Head Injury Awareness Day
Head injuries can vary from a mild bump on the head to a severe brain injury.
25% of all head injuries are caused by falls!
As Biokineticists one of the important components we focus on with all our clients, during their training, is balance and proprioception (which means the unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself)
Injuries, surgeries and age can all affect your ability to balance and remain stable footed. By improving your balance and proprioception, you can significantly decrease your risk of falls.
Here are a few simple DIY exercises to work on your balance
- While brushing your teeth stand on one leg
- Stirring coffee or the pot on the stove, do so on one leg
- Place your pillow on the floor, stand on it with a small gap between your feet, maintain your balance, if its too easy close your eyes.
If you need some more specific exercises, contact one of our Bio’s [email protected]
Here are some other important recommendations to prevent head injuries:
• Always wear a seat belt when in a motor vehicle
• Use an appropriate child safety seat
• Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• Always wear a helmet when on a bicycle, motorcycle or scooter
• Use the rails on stairways
• Provide adequate lighting on stair for people with poor vision
• Do not place obstacles on pathways
• Provide the correct safety equipment for workers
Remember, Biokineticists have the scientific knowledge to provide evidence-based rehabilitation exercises for individuals with head and brain injuries. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please feel free to contact us.