“Life is about movement - everything that is alive moves.”
What a great thing to realize!
No matter your age, you have
to move. As you grow older, you have to move more (than
you may feel like)! Life equals motion. Motion equals life. Researchers are really sharing
some great information on this fact that will inspire
us all (and our loved ones!) to move so that we can all grow old and grow old(er)
gracefully. Most Chiropractic Clinic and our Murfreesboro 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
frightening than moving and be even a bit
calming. Most Chiropractic 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 uncovered information that inpatient
mobility was negligible 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 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 incorporated power
training in just 3 days! (2) In a review of the good that exercise offers for frail older adults,
researchers emphasized the importance of maintaining
functional abilities for those who want to grow old gracefully.
They further stressed that exercise and physical activity are effective
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 away, and
Most Chiropractic 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 lot
of other undesirable health issues, both cognitive
and physical. The hope we all have is that frailty is reversible.
Researchers have studied this issue by appraising
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 just pre-frail or just mildly frail). (4) Those are hopeful
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
included a walking-based high intensity interval training. 64% bettered
their frailty rating. Specifically, muscle power went up
by 47%, muscle strength by 34%, and aerobic capacity by
19%. (5) And other advantages with physical
activity in general: energy and a better emotional state! Frailty and aging tend to decrease energy levels and increase
fatigue and emotional distress. Moving and physical activity has been reported
to combat those feelings in older women as well as increase
life expectancy and reduce some negative effects of a
sedentary lifestyle. (6) Most Chiropractic Clinic thinks you will
concur that these are positive things!
CONTACT Most Chiropractic Clinic
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.
Schedule your Murfreesboro chiropractic
appointment today. You’re alive. What a wonderful fact!
Celebrate that with some movement.