Understanding Disuse Syndrome
By Randi Morse
Even though the majority of us live pretty sedentary lives, the human body was not designed to support this type of lifestyle. When you look at the evolution of the human body, it's easy to see that the skeletal system and the muscular system have evolved to thrive with physical activity. This is why it is recommended for everyone to get at least 30 minutes of exercise three to four times a week. But what happens if you're unable or choose not to do so? Without enough movement you may find yourself dealing with the condition known as disuse syndrome.
Disuse syndrome is the name given for the condition that is caused due to lack of physical activity. The lack of activity may be due to living a sedentary lifestyle or may be caused by forced immobility or bed rest. There are a number of symptoms that occur with disuse syndrome, including the following.
Muscles - After only a very short amount of time of being inactive, the muscles in your body will begin to stiffen and can even shrivel. This is known as muscular atrophy. The more inactive the body is, the more muscle mass is lost. This makes it more and more difficult to do everyday tasks and makes the body susceptible to more injuries.
Cardiovascular - An inactive body is also bad for the cardiovascular system. The heart is used to pump oxygen and antibodies using blood vessels throughout the body. The heart is a muscle, and as with all other muscles, if it is not used then it too becomes weak and doesn't work as effectively.
Hormones - When you exercise you give your body the ability for your natural insulin to work correctly. A lack of exercise means that your body does not react as it should to insulin and hormones, which may mean that you are forced to go on diabetic medication in order to get the hormones and insulin to work correctly.
Fixing the Problem
The good news about disuse syndrome is that while it can take a while to fix, it is curable. If you find that you're having a difficult time getting moving again, a visit to your chiropractor may help. Quite often, being sedentary for a long amount of time causes alignment issues which can bring about pain. The more pain a person is in, the less likely they are to move around. A visit to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help get you started moving and giving the muscles and cardiovascular system action that it needs to operate efficiently. it can be difficult to get started, but once you start moving, your body will be extremely grateful.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Jersey City, N.J.