“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 get older, you have to move more (than
you may feel like)! Life equals motion. Motion equals life. Researchers are really delivering
some great information on this topic that will motivate
us all (and our cherished family members!) to keep
active so that we can all age
gracefully. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic and our Fort Wayne 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
soothing. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic will give you that! When hospitalized, there
is 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 low despite their individual capabilities and desires to get up and move around. (1) It
is so important 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 improved their muscle strength and power while they
were in the hospital following a personalized
multicomponent exercise program that incorporated power
training in as little as 3 days! (2) In a review of the good that exercise offers for frail older adults,
researchers stressed the value of maintaining
functional abilities for those who want to age healthily.
They further emphasized that exercise and physical activity are valuable
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
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic encourages that!
FRAILTY AND MOBILITY
Those of us over 65 years old are said to be more at
risk to frailty, increasing our risk of lot
of other adverse health issues, both cognitive
and physical. The hope we all have is that frailty is alterable.
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 (returning
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 showed better physical performance and function after
a short (6 week) facility-based exercise routine that
involved a walking-based high intensity interval training. 64% upped
their frailty rating. Particularly, muscle power went up
by 47%, muscle strength rose 34%, and aerobic capacity rose
19%. (5) And other bonuses with physical
activity in general: energy and a better emotional state! Frailty and aging are
more apt to decrease energy levels and stated
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) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic thinks you will
concur that these are beneficial!
CONTACT Aaron Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Tom Menendez on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
details the effectiveness of the gentle
protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating the elderly.
Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic
appointment soon. You’re alive. What a wonderful thing!
Celebrate that with some movement.