Is there a good way to fall? My PT guy says to protect you head but that was about it. I saw a guy on YouTube with ataxia ( a Brit) who said he had learned a safe way to fall.
Best way to fall?: Is there a good way to fall? My... - Ataxia UK
I usually fall in what feels like slow motion and try to fall against something that does not move. I rarely fall these days as I am so careful but when I do, I find rigidity in my limbs prevents me from doing anything so I just go down. I start to fall backwards but can end up going in any direction! Take care x
Please don’t think you have to get used to falling down Bob. In the early days of my diagnosis I fell twice breaking my wrist the first time and 4 ribs the second. In the last four years I haven’t fallen once but I am very careful.
I had to acknowledge that I was a bit unstable so though I move around the house without an aid (though a bit of furniture surfing!) I have a Zimmer frame by the bed in case I have to get up in the night and find myself a bit wobbly. I also find that when I first stand after sitting down I am more wobbly so keep a three wheeled rollator near the chair to help with the first two or three steps.
I try not to sit for longer than half an hour because it’s so important to keep moving. Your treadmill walking is excellent - I am so missing my gym sessions with my personal trainer. The following is a link to the chair based Pilates on Y tube which was recommended by the Ataxia specialist hospital in London.
I was lucky enough to get aikido lessons as a child. The way they taught me to fall was to imagine a plastic hoop around my body, you want as much phisical contact with that hòop as you can. To protect your head raise your arms a little so your head is bloked from making contact with the ground. Absord the fall with as much of the hoop as you can. You should naturaly roll. As others have said its better to prevent falls but sometimes you just cant help it.
There definitely is a safer way of falling. As has been said by others, it is much better not to fall, but if you do then rolling is very helpful. I played a lot of rugby as a youngster, and got very used to falling. I now am 5 or 6 stone heavier, and 45 years older, but I rarely hurt myself when I fall, which happens about once a month. I automatically protect myself so it's hard to analyse what I do.
This is a useful discussion, so thanks Bob.
I have started to fall a bit more now and am always conscious of protecting my head, as a result my right arm and side seem to take most impacts! I was saying to my wife this morning that I was thinking of wearing my gardening knee pads on my elbows.
Every time I get out of a chair, or bed, I do several hip rolls while holding on to something solid. This helps to loosen up my hips and also reminds me to think about where I’m headed rather than allowing autopilot to take over and throw me on the floor.
Libra and Nigel, I find your responses really helpful. Thanks Bob too. Yes in a sense we mustn’t get too accustomed to falls because we become accepting of something that could become dangerous. I was in my 30s, falling 3-4 times a week but was taken aback when my GP was surprised (if not horrified...) Libra and Nigel’s tips on prevention great, it’s also been helpful to me to realise when I’m more at risk of falling (tired, hormonal, ill, upset, stiff, in pain) so I know when not to push it. Doing Pilates with a physiotherapist has been the greatest help. I’m down to 1 fall a week, if that. It turns out I have strong bones! All the best.
I agree with downsy. My two sons used to play judo and the first thing they were shown was how to fall safely. Better not to fall at all if you can help it. I use a rollator (4 wheels are more stable ) a good core strength helps it stops some falls and help stop you going backwards. I've fell like that a few times and it's not good. carol
I was just the same, I didn't want to use walking aides at all, after afew years I saw them as just nesessary. Maybe my ataxia is just diffent, the docs havnt been able to idetify exactly which ataxia i have.
I guess its best not to use aides for as long as possible, who knows you may never need to use them.
Check out some Youtube Videos on the way professional wrestlers fall. time after time after time with no injury. Look closely they always roll into a fall rather than flat facing.
Once you know that you are on the way down , accept the fall is going to happen and try and roll. Bracing with arms will break them. Also get your bone density checked ASAP as my Neuro suggested. May have wet bones anyway