Seniors


Looking Into the Mirror
Ways to Improve Posture
Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis And How It Affects Your Posture
Learn how to be at 100%
How Chiropractic Will Save you Money
How to Stay Healthy for Life
How to Enhance Your Exercising Potential
Improving You Lifestyle
Tips For Healthy Aging

Looking Into the Mirror     

Suffering in pain is a choice. Seeing the images on the right, who would you rather resemble?Hopefully the choice is obvious. It takes effort to maintain a healthy body and mind, so it makes sense to treat your spine, which houses your nervous system – the master system that innervates all tissues, organs and glands of your body.

In today’s ever-changing and fast-paced world, STRESS and GRAVITY are two things that aren’t going away any time soon and follow us wherever we go: at work, home, running errands, caring for the kids and exercising.

The good news? Your ability to ADAPT to these everyday stresses and strains CAN improve.




Ways to Improve Posture     

There is no better way to maintain your health by improving your posture. You are NEVER too old to start! We often hear that posture is essential for good health, but only few people have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.

In fact, most people are informed of their bad posture only when it is pointed out by a coworker, friend or spouse. Having proper posture allows us to stand, sit, walk and lie in positions that place less stresses and strains on our supportive, postural muscles.

The bones in our body are fastened together through tough, sinewy connective tissue and hold our bones in place; much akin to bookends holding books in place on a shelf. Connected to these are our muscles, which govern support, posture and movement to the human body. With age and through stress, gravity, repetitive movement and poor posture, sometimes the body begins to succumb to these factors, which leads to muscle pain, chronic tightness and poor performance. And although things tend to take a bit longer to heal as we age, you can still benefit and improve your health and well-being.


Osteoarthritis, Osteoporisis and how it affects your posture     

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA), or degenerative joint disease, affects more than 20 million Americans and is more common in women than in men. The disease affects the cartilage—slippery tissue on the ends of bones that meet in a joint. Normally, cartilage helps bones glide over one another. In an OA patient, however, the cartilage is broken down and eventually wears away.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a chronic, progressive condition that steals bone from the body, leading to fractures of the hip, spine and wrist. Older people can suffer disability and even death from osteoporosis-related fractures. Alarmingly, one in two women and one in eight men will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture in his or her lifetime.

Many people confuse osteoporosis with arthritis, and wait for swollen joints and discomfort before being tested. Even though osteoporosis is painless until a bone fracture occurs, it is important to find out how healthy your bones are now and if need be, adjust your lifestyle to avoid this brittle bone disease.

How is my spine affected?

The body is one whole functioning unit and is evaluated as such. Biomechanically, our body weight is distributed from our feet upwards. So if you have something misaligned at the feet, it can translate throughout the rest of your body.

As we age, we accumulate a plethora of traumas (e.g. as kids falling, playing sports as youths/teens, slips and falls at work, playing with the kids and grandkids, automobile accidents). What happens is when these things are left to heal on their own; the body can only manage so much healing before it begins to develop chronic tightening of muscles and ligaments.

This places undo pressure on the bones of the spine, which can lead to UNEVEN wearing of the bones and discs, which can affect the nerves that pass between the bones of the spine and can cause single-sided, or bilateral (both side) pain or radiating pain either into the head and neck (hand numbness, tingling, pain), extremities, or mid and low back (e.g. sciatica).

The diagram below displays a “short leg”, which people can have, anatomically speaking. More commonly however is a “functional short leg” which is caused by accumulated stressors such as bad posture, slouching, injuries, etc.

Chiropractic can help reduce the severity of any of the below symptoms by going directly to the source—the spine—to help restore curve, balance muscles and allow you to function at your best.

Healthy Aging   

But it’s only pain, I can work through it…

Maybe not.  While it is true that the rate of healing differs between a 20-year old, a 40-year old, and a 60-year old; you are still engaged in this thing we call life. Consider the lifetime of trauma you’ve accumulated since birth. Slips and falls as a kid; injuries on the sports-field as an adolescent; hours spent sitting and studying in high school / college / university; birthing and raising a family; spending time with kids and grand kids. Now throw in a hectic work schedule, or retirement schedule and the occasional muscle spasm and pain that “came out of nowhere” and you can see that our bodies are resilient at adapting to stress…but only up to a point. And with aging, it is true that things tend to take longer to heal, especially with repeated-traumas.

Trauma

Every time we injure ourselves the body seeks to repair the damage. Whether it is a ligament sprain, a muscle strain, or a broken bone; the body engages in rehabilitation to “knit things back together”. Sometimes, when the injury is significant enough, or the trauma is chronic in nature; the muscle begins to repair itself improperly, never fully returning to 100% normal function.

A Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?

A completely healthy individual who gets adequate rest, eats well and engages in exercise a few times a week has a full glass. If we equate a full glass with 100% potential; then as that individual goes through their day and experiences stressors on their muscles and bodies (e.g. work, school, sports) then their initial potential is reduced (the more the stress, the quicker you “lose your potential”), so by the end of a tiring day, you may be tired, or feel like you’re “half-full”.

However, by putting good fuels into your body; sleeping regularly and exercising, you begin the following day with 100% again, or close to it and typically don’t run into problems.

But…

If you are an individual who is plagued with daily stress at work, home, don’t exercise and eat poorly, you never get to start your day with a full glass. You wake up tired; you suck down stimulants like coffee to keep awake and it still isn’t enough; you’re constantly sore and achy. Things hurt that never used to. You sleep poorly, stay up too late until…

A singular event, or an accumulation of stressors is finally too much for your body and you end up in some form of debilitating pain:

Low back pain radiating into your leg(s); neck pain; weakness into the arms; crippling muscle spasms…Okay, you get it.

How Chiropractic Will Save Me Money   

Proactive Vs. Reactive

Many people see chiropractors after a singular or repetitive event that “became too much”. This is called Reactive Care. That is, you are now reacting to something that has already occurred.

In chiropractic, we strive to educate the patient to become Proactive. That is, to recognize potential pitfalls and situations while they are small, before they become something major.

If the engine light in your care came on, would you drive around ignoring it, or would you book an appointment to check it out sooner than later in order to avoid potentially costly repairs.

Similarly with chiropractic, recognizing the small things and getting an occasional “tune up” is far more COST-EFFECTIVE than waiting until something major breaks down and being dependant on care for several weeks before you are back on the mend.

What will Chiropractic do for me?

Through chiropractic care, you will begin to feel a reduction in your symptoms (pain, aches, and soreness) after a few treatments. In addition, you will be educated at intervals on how to avoid the pitfalls of starting your day “half full”.

You will be taught by your chiropractor to recognize these pitfalls in your everyday life (e.g. sit up straighter, get a better chair, lift by bending at the knees, not the back, etc).

Our Goal:

We don’t want to see you! When you become a chiropractic patient and present with a singular trauma or injury that is debilitating, our priority is to help to restore you back to optimal function.

We recognize that you are probably going to injure yourself again at some point later on, but by getting checked on a semi-regular basis, your chiropractor will be able to help you understand WHY certain issues tend to keep cropping up and what you can do to minimize them in the future.

How to Stay Healthy for Life   

The Tune Up

Like booking your next hair appointment, or taking your vehicle in for an oil-change and points-inspection, your body needs maintenance in order to keep yourself feeling good.

Women are the most loving and caring creatures on the planet, but always put others before themselves. Men are hard-working and are not often aware of how hard we push our bodies. While you can get away with this for a while, it will eventually catch up with you and manifest itself as pain and discomfort. So who will be taking care of you?

While everyone can benefit from the chiropractic adjustment, some need more care than others. These factors largely depend on stress levels, job requirements, length of work day, repetitive jobs and the like. Your chiropractor is there to ensure that you get the level of care you need in the frequency you need it in order to get you back on track.

Reducing your STRESS:

It’s simple. Stress is all around is, sometimes without us even being aware of it. It affects us all in different ways and at different times. Stress can be generally broken down into 4 categories:

PHYSICAL: (hard day at work, sports, sitting in traffic, slip or fall)

MENTAL: (under the gun at work, making deadlines, a late payment on a bill, appointments for the kids / grand kids)

CHEMICAL: (menstrual cycle, menopause, bad food, bad drink, pollution, cigarettes)

EMOTIONAL: (arguments at home, at work, between friends, with your kids, lost house / job)
The good news is that while stress isn’t going to ever go away, our ability to adapt to stress CAN change!

How to Enhance Your Exercising Potential  

Whether you are a long-time participant of sports since you were a kid or a recent enthusiast who wants to get in the game or try something new, exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

EXERCISE = GOOD STRESS

We’ve been talking about stress in a negative light. Exercise is a stress that is good for our bodies. It improves overall strength, health, circulation, vitality and muscle tone.

Without a decent regimen of exercise in our lives, we allow our bodies to slip down a slope that includes becoming stagnant, decreases in muscle tone, increase in fat stores, and decreased outlook on life.

When Exercise becomes too much of a good thing:

The biggest pitfall of any exercise is injury. We have all experienced it and know how much it can affect our lives, not only in sport, but outside sport as well.

Injuries occur when an individual has exceeded their body’s capacity to adapt to the stress of the exercise and mechanical failure is the end result (e.g. sprained muscle, strained ligament, broken bone). One sure-fire way to help reduce your likelihood and risk of injury and re-injury is to get checked by a chiropractor who fully understands the musculoskeletal system.

When muscles and posture are balanced through the chiropractic adjustment, your ability to return to sport improves and the likelihood of re-injury is dramatically reduced.

Improving Your Lifestyle   

We are men. We work hard and we play hard. We value our ability to do what we want, when we want it.

But sometimes, we get into bad habits that affect our overall health.
You definitely are NOT alone.

While the human body is resilient and possesses the ability to bounce back quickly, we cannot deny physics, which always catches up to us: FORCE OVER TIME….Like braces on your teeth, an accumulation of improper positions and postures begins to affect the overall structure of our bodies.

 We all get once chance and only one body. The effects of aging are irreversible and are largely dependent on the stressors in our lives (Physical, Mental, Chemical, Emotional), our ability to adapt to these stressors can improve.
Getting adjusted works with the deep postural muscles of the body to help maintain and in some cases improve good posture.

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