Often called senior stoop or a hunch, the poor posture associated with spending too much time in a sedentary positions (watching TV, seated or not moving enough) is causing unnecessary wear-and-tear on the spine & having a negative impact on health for a vast proportion of the population. As well as struggling with daily pain, people over 55 also suffer degeneration and can lead to a doctor recommending surgery.
It’s a physical issue clients at Light Chiropractic are frequently presenting.
“Between the ages of 50 and 70 we lose about 30% of our muscle strength, balance reaction times become slower and so do reflexes”, says Chiropractic Practitioner Dr Thomas Pooley.
“It’s also true that the body heals differently. This can cause many people to slow down in retirement, but, in fact the more active my clients are, the more effectively they offset the effects of ageing. Neck and back pain, muscle strain, pinched nerves and herniated disks are NOT an inevitable part of getting older.”
We can’t stop the ageing process, but the good news is that we can counteract many of the effects with a few gentle tweaks to lifestyle and regular visits to a professional Chiropractor.
Chiropractic improves the motion in the spine, removing disruption in the nervous system so that the body can heal better, and make it easier to get back into exercise.
Active Ageing Checklist: Do it today!
- Relax and roll your shoulders. Aim for 10 rolls forwards, and 10 rolls back, every few hours.
- Sit up straight to avoid developing a stooped posture. Use your core!
- Find a local strength & balance class. T’ai Chi is great!
- Exercise for 30 minutes. Then make sure to do this 3-5 times a week. Housework and walking the dog counts, but also consider more vigorous activities like cycling, power walking, water areobics and Zumba.
- Go shopping! Buy some flat, flexible & supportive footwear and then practice walking heel to toe. Pushing off from the toe allows your foot to act as a shock absorber, propelling you forwards and preventing damage.
- Top up on vitamin D. Enjoy the sunshine in the name of good bone health. Or, if the wonderfully unpredictable Singaporean weather prevents this invest in a good quality vitamin D supplement instead.
- Drink lots of water. The body works better when well hydrated. Your muscles and joints will work more efficiently and for longer.
Call us today to book an appointment with a professional Chiropractor for advice and hands-on adjustments. This will help combat spinal misalignment or dysfunction.