Slippery When Wet - Chiropractors Corner

Falling down is almost never fun. Although I have a bad habit of laughing like crazy when I fall, it isn’t because I am having fun doing it. I generally laugh as a way to either deal with pain or because I know I probably looked like a ridiculous flailing octopus as I fell. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t fall too often anymore but I certainly used to trip over the air when I was younger. There didn’t even need to be anything slippery. Thankfully now I at least like to think that I’ve gotten a little more careful.

Generally when we think of falling because of weather conditions, we think of snow and ice. Sometimes, however, this may be why we fall. We are lulled into a false sense of security by the lack of white precipitation on the ground. The warmer temperatures make us think that there is nothing out to get us that is invisible on the ground. Well, that is exactly what those slippery little things want you to think. The truth is, you can very easily fall despite the warmth for the simple reason that water is still wet.

When it is raining or has recently stopped doing so, most surfaces will be at least a little slippery. This is why most stores will have “Wet Floor” signs up at the entrances during a rain storm. They know as well as I do that water of any kind can make you lose your footing. This is especially true on flat surfaces such as tile, wood, or metal. Those metal plates that you sometimes have to walk across if you are in a parking lot or crossing the street can be extremely mean to you. Trust me, I have seen more people be taken down by them than by elevators. Yes, I have been taken down as well.

My point is that whenever it is wet outside, in whatever form, you need to be careful. If you are walking around outside, make sure that you have appropriate footwear for the weather and always make sure that you have someone with you if you are prone to falling. If you have fallen, come into DiBella Chiropractic and see if we can help with the pain you are now feeling. We can’t guarantee that it won’t happen again, though.