“Life is about movement - everything that is alive moves.”
What a great thing to realize!
No matter your age, you really must move. As you age, you have to move more (than
you may want)! Life equals motion. Motion equals life. Researchers are really putting out
some great information on this fact that will motivate
us all (and our loved ones!) to move so that we can all grow old and grow old(er)
gracefully. Chiropractic Solutions and our San Jose 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 is not always best! It may be less
scary than moving and be even a bit
soothing. Chiropractic Solutions will give you that! If
you have ever been hospitalized, you know there is a
lot of bed rest, maybe even too much for your liking! A study of patients in an
acute care hospital ward uncovered information that inpatient
mobility was low despite their individual capabilities and desires to move. (1) It
is vital to keep acute patients - and those with new bouts of back pain and/or neck pain, too - moving to get them better! Beneficially, acutely hospitalized older
patients enhanced their muscle strength and power while hospitalized using a personalized
multicomponent exercise program that integrated power
training in just 3 days! (2) In a review of the benefits
of exercise for frail older adults,
researchers emphasized the importance of preserving
functional abilities for those who want to grow old gracefully.
They further put emphasis on the
fact that exercise and physical activity are valuable
for the prevention of falls, hospital stays, enriched
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 away, and
Chiropractic Solutions encourages it!
FRAILTY AND MOBILITY
Those of us over 65 years old are said to be more at
risk to frailty, increasing our risk of several adverse health issues, both cognitive
and physical. The desire we all have is that frailty is alterable.
Researchers have studied this issue by examining
published studies on this topic of frailty reversal. Luckily,
56.7% of the papers suggested that it is reversible (returning
a person who is frail/severely frail to a state of being just pre-frail or just mildly frail). (4) Those are positive
outcomes! One study shared that frail and even “pre” frail older
patients demonstrated better physical performance and function following
a brief (6 week) facility-based exercise program that
involved a walking-based high intensity interval training. 64% upped
their frailty rating. Specifically, muscle power improved
by 47%, muscle strength rose 34%, and aerobic capacity rose
19%. (5) And other advantages with physical
activity in general: energy and a better emotional state! Frailty and aging are
more apt to lower energy levels and stated
fatigue and emotional distress. Moving and physical activity has been reported
to fight those feelings in older women as well as increase
life expectancy and lower some negative effects of a
sedentary lifestyle. (6) Chiropractic Solutions thinks you will
agree that these are beneficial!
CONTACT Chiropractic Solutions
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Tom Menendez on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
details the effective gentle
protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating the elderly.
Make your San Jose chiropractic
appointment now. You’re alive. What a wonderful fact!
Celebrate that with some movement.