Study: Special therapy cut falls rate by 96%

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The incidence of falls dropped by 96% after seniors underwent treatment with an infrared medical device that increases circulation, according to study findings that appear in the April 2004 edition of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

Researchers studied individuals with peripheral neuropathy who were judged to be at an increased risk for falls. Study subjects had experienced an average of three falls each in the 90 days leading up to treatments with the federally approved Anodyne Therapy System.

In the 90 days after treatments, study subjects showed improved balance and ambulation, drastically cutting the number of falls, according to researchers.