“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 age, you have to move more (than
you may desire)! Life equals motion. Motion equals life. Researchers are really putting out
some amazing information on this fact that will inspire
us all (and our cherished family members!) to move so that we can all grow old and grow old(er)
gracefully. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic and our Fernandina Beach 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. Amelia 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 negligible despite their individual capacities to
move and desires to get up and move around. (1) It’s 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 improved 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 preserving
functional abilities for those who want to age healthily.
They further underscored the fact that exercise and physical activity are good
to prevent 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
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic encourages it!
FRAILTY AND MOBILITY
Those of us over 65 years old are said to be more prone to frailty, increasing our risk of several adverse health issues, both cognitive
and physical. The hope we all have is that frailty is reversible.
Researchers have studied this issue by examining
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 after
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 improved
by 47%, muscle strength rose 34%, and aerobic capacity by
19%. (5) And other bonuses 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 described
to combat those feelings in older women as well as increase
life expectancy and lower some negative effects of a
sedentary lifestyle. (6) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic thinks you’ll
agree that these are positive things!
CONTACT Amelia 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 Fernandina Beach chiropractic
appointment now. You’re alive. What a wonderful fact, one to be thankful for by moving!