Spine & Sports Rehab Center 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 reminder! No matter your age, you have to move. As you age, you have to move more (than you may desire)! Life is motion. Motion is life. Researchers are really delivering some great information on this fact that will inspire us all (and our loved ones!) to keep active so that we can all age gracefully. Spine & Sports Rehab Center and our Baton Rouge 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 scary than moving and be even a bit comforting. Spine & Sports Rehab Center will give you that! If you have ever been hospitalized, you know there’s 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 negligible despite their individual capabilities and desires to get up and move around. (1) It’s 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 enhanced their muscle strength and power while hospitalized following a personalized multicomponent exercise program that integrated 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 preserving functional abilities for those who want to age healthily. They further emphasized that exercise and physical activity are good to prevent 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 at bay, and Spine & Sports Rehab Center 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 lot of other undesirable health issues, both cognitive and physical. The desire we all have is that frailty is alterable. Researchers have studied this issue by appraising published studies on this topic of frailty reversal. Luckily, 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 promising outcomes! One study said that frail and even “pre” frail older patients demonstrated better physical performance and function after a brief (6 week) facility-based exercise routine that involved a walking-based high intensity interval training. 64% improved their frailty rating. Particularly, muscle power improved by 47%, muscle strength rose 34%, and aerobic capacity rose 19%. (5) And other additional benefits 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 described to contend with those feelings in older women as well as increase life expectancy and lower some negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. (6) Spine & Sports Rehab Center 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 older patient.

Make your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment today. You’re alive. What a wonderful thing! Celebrate that with some movement.

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