Is there a correct way to fall?

As physical therapists at Balance Chicago, we like to focus on lessening people’s risk of falls and therefore preventing falls from occurring in the first place. However, if a person does fall, they can save themselves some pain, and possibly expensive medical bills, by falling the correct way. The next 3 tips can help you accomplish this:

First, the most important thing a person can do while falling is relaxing. This is not an easy task but relaxing while falling decreases the risk of injury. Consider this: children fall all the time but rarely hurt themselves. This is because they have not learned to fear falling and associated injuries the way adults have so they are able to stay relaxed. The floppier you can make our body, the better it is able to absorb the forces of impact. Once falling, the goal is not to fight the fall but to roll with it.