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Spinal Care Clinic Encourages You to Keep Moving As You AgeSo That You Can Grow Older Gracefully!

“Life is about movement - everything that is alive moves.” (1)

What a great thing to remember! No matter your age, you really must move. As you get older, you have to move more (than you may desire)! Life equals motion. Motion equals life. Researchers are really delivering some great information on this fact that will inspire us all (and our loved ones!) to move so that we can all age gracefully. Spinal Care Clinic and our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients will all grow old better working together, exercising, moving, and meeting at the office for gentle Cox® treatment!

BED REST AND MOBILITY

Bed rest isn’t always best! It may be less frightening than moving and be even a bit calming. Spinal Care Clinic will give you that! When hospitalized, there’s lots of bed rest, maybe even a bit too much for a patient’s liking! A study of patients in an acute care hospital ward found that inpatient mobility was low despite their individual capabilities and desires to get up and move around. (1) It’s so important to keep acute patients - and those with new bouts of back pain and/or neck pain, too - moving so that they can heal! Beneficially, acutely hospitalized older patients improved their muscle strength and power while hospitalized following an individualized multicomponent exercise program that integrated power training in as little as 3 days! (2) In a review of the benefits of exercise for frail older adults, researchers stressed the importance of preserving functional abilities for those who want to age healthily. They further underscored the fact that exercise and physical activity are good for the prevention of falls, hospital stays, improved cognition, etc. Exercises from power training (yes – power training for older folks!) to resistance training, balance exercises, aerobic training, walking, etc. (3) Mobility is part of keeping frailty at bay, and Spinal Care Clinic encourages that!

FRAILTY AND MOBILITY

Those of us over 65 years old are said to be more prone to frailty, amplifying our risk of several undesirable health issues, both cognitive and physical. The hope we all have is that frailty is alterable. Researchers have studied this issue by reviewing published studies on this topic of frailty reversal. Fortunately, 56.7% of the papers proposed that it is reversible (getting a person who is frail/severely frail to a state of being ‘pre-frail’ or just mildly so). (4) Those are positive outcomes! One study shared that frail and even “pre” frail older patients demonstrated better physical performance and function after a short (6 week) facility-based exercise program that involved a walking-based high intensity interval training. 64% upped their frailty rating. Specifically, muscle power went up by 47%, muscle strength by 34%, and aerobic capacity rose 19%. (5) And other additional benefits with physical activity in general: energy and a better emotional state! Frailty and aging are more apt to decrease energy levels and increase fatigue and emotional distress. Moving and physical activity has been described to combat those feelings in older women as well as extend life expectancy and reduce some negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. (6) Spinal Care Clinic thinks you’ll concur that these are positive things!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Tom Menendez on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the effectiveness of the gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating the elderly.

Make your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment soon. You’re alive. What a wonderful fact! Celebrate that with some movement.

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