Back And Neck Care Center Encourages You to Keep Moving As You AgeSo That You Can Grow Older Gracefully!

“Life is about movement - everything that is alive moves.” (1)

What a great reminder! No matter your age, you really must move. As you get older, you have to move more (than you may want)! Life is motion. Motion is life. Researchers are really delivering some great information on this fact that will inspire us all (and our loved ones!) to move so that we can all age gracefully. Back And Neck Care Center and our Severna Park chiropractic patients will all grow old better working together, exercising, moving, and meeting at the office for gentle Cox® treatment!


Bed rest is not always best! It may be less scary than moving and be even a bit calming. Back And Neck Care Center will give you that! If you have ever been hospitalized, you know there’s a lot of bed rest, maybe even too much for your liking! A study of patients in an acute care hospital ward found that inpatient mobility was negligible despite their individual capacities to move and desires to move. (1) It is vital to keep acute patients - and those with new bouts of back pain and/or neck pain, too - moving to get them better! Beneficially, acutely hospitalized older patients enhanced their muscle strength and power while hospitalized using a personalized multicomponent exercise program that incorporated power training in as little as 3 days! (2) In a review of the good that exercise offers for frail older adults, researchers stressed the value of preserving functional abilities for those who want to age healthily. They further put emphasis on the fact that exercise and physical activity are valuable to prevent of falls, hospital stays, enriched cognition, etc. Exercises from power training (yes – power training for older folks!) to resistance training, balance exercises, aerobic training, walking, etc. (3) Mobility is part of keeping frailty at bay, and Back And Neck Care Center encourages it!


Those of us over 65 years old are said to be more at risk to frailty, amplifying our risk of lot of other undesirable health issues, both cognitive and physical. The hope we all have is that frailty is alterable. Researchers have studied this issue by examining published studies on this topic of frailty reversal. Luckily, 56.7% of the papers suggested that it is reversible (returning a person who is frail/severely frail to a state of being just pre-frail or just mildly frail). (4) Those are promising outcomes! One study shared that frail and even “pre” frail older patients showed better physical performance and function after a short (6 week) facility-based exercise program that included a walking-based high intensity interval training. 64% bettered their frailty rating. Specifically, muscle power improved by 47%, muscle strength rose 34%, and aerobic capacity by 19%. (5) And other additional benefits with physical activity in general: energy and a better emotional state! Frailty and aging are more apt to decrease energy levels and stated fatigue and emotional distress. Moving and physical activity has been reported to fight those feelings in older women as well as extend life expectancy and lower some negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. (6) Back And Neck Care Center thinks you’ll agree that these are positive things!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Tom Menendez on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he details the effective gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating the older patient.

Schedule your Severna Park chiropractic appointment today. You’re alive. What a wonderful fact! Celebrate that with some movement.

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