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Chiropractic Tip: Hang On to Your Muscle Power

By Sandy Schroeder

If everything feels heavier than it used to, you may be losing skeletal muscle power. According to the New York Times, that loss can begin as early as 40, and can still be improved as people move through their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. In a society that sits a lot, muscle weakness is not too surprising. Sipping an espresso and tapping a tablet or keyboard may be taking up too much time as walking, biking or workouts just slip away.

It’s Called Sarcopenia

The official term for decline of muscle power with age is “sarcopenia.” It could show up when you lug groceries or laundry, vacuum, or head off to work shouldering a massive tote. Everything just feels heavier.

Seniors often face muscle weakness as they struggle to maintain their independence, walk, shop and keep up with family activities.

Muscle weakness that starts in middle age is a red flag. Left unchecked, half of a person’s muscle mass can be lost by age 70. It is replaced by fat and fiber.

Finding Healthy Answers

The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you may be the best way to tackle the problem. The Joint’s doctors of chiropractic help people of all ages work on issues like muscle weakness on a regular basis.

When you come in, your chiropractor will explain how improving spinal health may help you enjoy better overall health. Your chiropractor will review your muscle strength, talk about your daily routines, and check your health history.

A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may relieve aches and pains, and set the stage for improved wellness. Together, you, your chiropractor, and your doctor may create the fitness program that reverses muscle weakness.

Starting with your doctor’s approval of new exercises, you may head off muscle weakness with walking, biking or moderate workouts. Depending on your age, you may want to begin slowly and work with a trainer to start.

  • Pick exercises that are fun
  • Try for 30 minutes a day in one chunk or two 15-minute sessions
  • Schedule an exercise slot in your day
  • Get a workout buddy to make it happen
  • Have backup plans if you miss your regular routine
  • Use house and garden tasks for exercise too

Facing muscle weakness early is the smartest way to secure future strength in retirement. When you are ready to get started, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Find out about the affordable personal healthcare plans that eliminate the hassle of insurance. Clinics are open weekends and evenings, and walk-in visits are welcome. No appointments are needed.

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

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