Falling

It was recently reported on the BBC that more money and resources needs to be made available for physiotherapy. The report focused on elderly people who, having lost a certain amount of dexterity, were afraid of falling. The report pointed out that with physiotherapy, people particularly elderly people sustained or regained some dexterity and that lead to fewer falls.

I’ve helped elderly people gain confidence so that they fell less. For some, falling is a source of anxiety but the real fear is that they wouldn’t be able to get back up after falling. Negotiating curbs and flights of stairs becomes a source of severe anxiety, so some end up walking less, therefore have less dexterity, strength, and less confidence. These people often become much less active and withdraw. Certainly physiotherapy can help with dexterity and strength, but hypnotherapy can help regain confidence and help a person be more active.