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Understanding Disuse Syndrome

By Randi Morse

If you take a look at human evolution you will find that the human body has evolved in such a way that it is meant to move. Our ancestors were constantly moving, planting and reaping their harvest, hunting food, and defending against predators. Our easy access lives now have allowed us to become much more sedentary than our bodies were created for. This can cause a problem. Experts recommend that everyone get at least 30 minutes of exercise three to four times a week. Not getting enough exercise and not moving your body enough may cause you to develop disuse syndrome.

What Is Disuse Syndrome?

Disuse syndrome is the medical terminology used to describe a condition that is created because of lack of physical activity. It is extremely common among those who deal with forced immobility, or bed rest, but it is also becoming much more common simply because of the sedentary lifestyles that we tend to live. There are a number of symptoms that those with disuse syndrome are forced to deal with.

The Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system pumps oxygen and antibodies throughout the body. Most of us tend to forget that the heart is a muscle, and if we don't exercise that muscle by getting aerobic exercise, it can become weak and ineffective. People suffering from disuse syndrome often have issues with their hearts.

The Muscular System

Muscular atrophy occurs when the muscles in our body are not being used. It is a common concern for people who are bed- or wheelchair-bound and is why many of these people utilize physical therapy so that they can avoid their muscles atrophying. Muscular atrophy can also occur in disuse syndrome for those people who are not getting the required amount of exercise and motion that their bodies need. 

Hormonal System

Disuse syndrome affecting the cardiovascular and muscular system makes sense, but it can also affect the hormonal system as well. Exercising allows your body to use the natural insulin it creates efficiently. When you don't exercise, your body isn't able to use that insulin or to balance the hormones which can lead to further complications, like diabetes.

One good thing about disuse syndrome is that it is curable. A visit to The Joint Chiropractic will help you to understand more about disuse syndrome and how you can beat back the symptoms and get moving again. At The Joint Chiropractic you'll find helpful, friendly staff, affordable rates, and open office hours. Stop by to see how you can beat back, or avoid getting, disuse syndrome.

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

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