Chiropractic Tips : Using Fitness to Stay in the Game
The American Chiropractic Association explains how the approach can be much different now, with healthy ways to stay strong and agile. They say exercise can improve a person’s mobility, digestive processes and circulation. They recommend walking to improve the elasticity of blood vessels and suggest starting with a third of a mile per day.
They also suggest stretching to avoid the stooping caused by shortening of ligaments. When seniors stoop, it is hard on their breathing and if severe enough, can put pressure on internal organs.
I know both positive and negative examples of this advice. I have known people in their eighties who continued to travel, sail and maintain an active social life as they exercised regularly and continued to stretch to stay agile. I have known others who simply sat more, went out less, and settled into a new slower groove. In most cases those people also lost their ability to get around.
Visiting the Chiropractor
If you already have a chiropractor, you know you have an active wellness coach who endorses and understands fitness. If this is your first visit, there will be an initial spinal adjustment to determine spinal health. From there, a complete medical history and daily activity review will help shape the chiropractor’s evaluation.
Moving ahead, there could be diet suggestions, at home exercises to try, and other tips to fit your lifestyle.
Overall the chiropractor will seek to find pain relief solutions without medication or surgery. I have seen this sort of regular chiropractic assistance help turn lives around for people who lost their focus, incurred injuries, or just needed a little push to be more active and eat better.
Some older women who tried to do it all, were coached to slow down and enjoy more. They learned to balance exercise with family situations as they relaxed more and became more effective. Other guys who headed into the chiropractor’s office were still working a lot but hoping to retire. The chiropractor helped them drop back a little and get a better perspective as they cut smoking out, started eating better, and made room for walking.
The chiropractor sees seniors in all sorts of stages and predicaments, but he is well equipped to point them in the right direction and figure out what is best for each individual. If you see senior years looming or have a family member headed in that direction, consider making an appointment with the chiropractor now to get the most out of the years ahead.