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Losing Muscle Could be Something Other Than Aging

By Stephen R. Farris

You spend years developing and building up those killer biceps, traps, calves, abs, and back. But as you get older, those big bruising muscles begin a gradual shrinkage. It's really not your fault, no matter how much you try to keep your muscle mass in tip-top shape. 

Unfortunately, the decline in muscle mass is bound to happen with all of us. It's due to something totally natural called sarcopenia. 

But just because sarcopenia begins to appear due to aging, it shouldn't let you stop from doing what you've always enjoyed, such as lifting weights and working out to keep your muscles strong and toned. 

There is a slight drawback, which can be sudden and unexpected, and that is muscle atrophy. Muscle atrophy usually happens due to an illness or injury that hampers our exercise routine because we need time to heal.

During the healing process, we may lose muscle mass at a more expeditious pace. Muscle atrophy can come about due to diseases such as cancer or those that affect the muscles, making them weaker. If you start feeling muscle loss and weakness, there are a few signs to look for.

  • Problems raising your arms or stretching them over your head.
  • You may find it more difficult to open things, such as a jar, or from something simple as tying your shoes.
  • Twitching or cramping of the muscles.
  • Difficulty keeping good balance.

If you begin developing any of these symptoms, you might consult with your doctor, or local chiropractor to find out what advice they can offer to help you get back on track.

The main thing is to keep moving to the best of your ability in order to stay in good shape, and in good health, no matter what your age is.

If the aches and pains of everyday life makes you feel weaker than normal, it's time to take advantage of the chiropractors such as the ones found at The Joint Chiropractic.  Drop in anytime to one of their more than 500 nationwide locations -- no appointment is required -- not only for an adjustment that allows you to stand up straight and feel stronger again, but advice on nutrition, exercising, and anxiety or depression issues you need for your best overall health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Jacksonville, Fla. 

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