Walking =Falling Forward

The way we walk when we’re afraid of falling.

Walking is actually falling forward without falling down.

Somewhere long ago you had your first serious fall. You may not even remember it. However, it is locked away in the reptilian portion of your brain. The physical pain of that fall created an indelible imprint. Your body remembers.

Whatever, whenever, and however it occurred that uncontrolled fall happened in milliseconds.

The hands hit ground. The gravel and grit dug into the flesh. You didn’t feel the initial impact. The adrenaline instantaneously shot through your body. Your elbows slid along the ground abrading your skin. Quickly followed by your knees sandpapering forward. At the same time you body arched backwards attempting to thwart the immanent impact. With the head back you take the blow on the chin. Over the years teaching several thousand walkers and runners about 1 in 40 needed stitches to their chin from that fall. They took it on the chin.

The shock of the pain to your body hit. Your voice cried out accompanied by loud wailing and a flood of tears.

The body says to the brain: I will never let that happen again. At that moment a tiny almost infinitesimal defense mechanism is set up by the body. That slight readjustment is there to prevent that fall from ever happening again. The body says: I will never fall down that way again. From that moment forward the body adjusts so never to experience that pain again.

In that instant that slight correction creates another problem. Should you fall again, if your body can help it, it will not be forward. The body defending against any kind of tripping itself has created the slip and fall. When you slip and fall, it will be backwards not forward.

And for a lifetime, the way you walk and stand are forever altered.

What will occur in the following months will be a sharing of what I have observed over 40+ years. My purpose is to help you regain what was taken away after than first fall.

I will be sharing my perspective on helping you or a loved one: Overcome the Fear of Falling. It is about sharing my Theory and Practice to Save One Life. If I can only save one life, I will have succeeded. If it helps you or one of your loved ones, or someone you are coaching or training, we will have succeeded.

What drives me to share is a statistic I read in 2018:

  • Three million seniors fell. There is an estimate that another million who fell without reporting it.
  • Of the 3 million 750,000 went to the Emergency Room or hospital
  • Of the 750,00 32,000 seniors died as a result of that slip and fall
  • There are no statistics on those whose fall incapacitated them because of the bodily or brain damage. They were never able to return to their normal life.