Minster Chiropractic 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 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 is motion. Motion is life. Researchers are really putting out some amazing information on this topic that will motivate us all (and our cherished family members!) to exercise so that we can all age gracefully. Minster Chiropractic Center and our Minster chiropractic patients will all grow old better working together, exercising, moving, and meeting at the office for gentle Cox® treatment!


Bed rest is not always best! It may be less scary than moving and be even a bit calming. Minster Chiropractic Center will give you that! When hospitalized, there’s 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 found that inpatient mobility was negligible despite their individual capacities to move 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 using an individualized multicomponent exercise program that integrated power training in as little as 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 grow old gracefully. They further put emphasis on the fact that exercise and physical activity are valuable for the prevention 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 Minster Chiropractic Center encourages that!


Those of us over 65 years old are said to be more at risk to frailty, amplifying our risk of lot of other undesirable health issues, both cognitive and physical. The hope we all have is that frailty is reversible. 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 hopeful outcomes! One study said that frail and even “pre” frail older patients showed better physical performance and function following a brief (6 week) facility-based exercise routine that involved a walking-based high intensity interval training. 64% upped 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 lower energy levels and raise fatigue and emotional distress. Moving and physical activity has been described to fight those feelings in older women as well as increase life expectancy and cut back on some negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. (6) Minster Chiropractic Center thinks you will concur that these are beneficial!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Tom Menendez on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the effective gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating the older patient.

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

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