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Johnson Chiropractic 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 realize! No matter your age, you really must move. As you get 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 topic that will inspire us all (and our loved ones!) to exercise so that we can all grow old and grow old(er) gracefully. Johnson Chiropractic and our Richmond 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 comforting. Johnson Chiropractic 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 found that inpatient mobility was negligible despite their individual capabilities and desires to get up and move around. (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 enhanced their muscle strength and power while they were in the hospital following an individualized multicomponent exercise program that incorporated power training in just 3 days! (2) In a review of the benefits of exercise 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 Johnson Chiropractic encourages that!

FRAILTY AND MOBILITY

Those of us over 65 years old are said to be more prone to frailty, increasing our risk of lot of other adverse health issues, both cognitive and physical. The desire we all have is that frailty is reversible. Researchers have analyzed this issue by going over published studies on this topic of frailty reversal. Luckily, 56.7% of the papers suggested 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 positive outcomes! One study said that frail and even “pre” frail older patients showed better physical performance and function after a short (6 week) facility-based exercise program that included 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 by 19%. (5) And other additional benefits with physical activity in general: energy and a better emotional state! Frailty and aging are more apt to lower energy levels and increase 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 reduce some negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. (6) Johnson Chiropractic 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 Richmond chiropractic appointment now. You’re alive. What a wonderful fact, one to be thankful for by moving!

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