More recently, a study published in Arthritis and Rheumatology, found that we’re experiencing it younger and looking for answers. Among the 91 million affected, according to the study, 61 million falls in the 18-to-64 age group.
We’ve also learned a combination of chiropractic care and lifestyle changes are far more effective than moving west when it comes to gaining back your mobility. That is why F4CP has turned its focus on older adults and specifically on arthritis, in January.
Arthritis is an umbrella term for joint pain and joint disease, according to the Arthritis Foundation, and it is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness and decreased range of motion.
Bringing it under control, especially among seniors, reduces their fall risk, allows them to maintain all-important social relationships and enables them to live independently longer.
So, instead of marking it up to another birthday, give these tips a try:
Exercise, even if it means walking 30 minutes a day, makes a difference. It strengthens the muscles around the joints, builds up your energy and might even help you get a better night’s sleep, all conductive to easing the pain. Start by stretching, warming your muscles before you begin your workout. And take it slow, especially if you have been sedentary. You should be able to continue a conversation while you exercise. Reduce how often you work out or how long, but never give up. You will be surprised how quickly you’ll notice changes in your range of motion and flexibility.
Eat to beat inflammation
Certain foods are great at fighting inflammation, including vegetables, fruits and nuts. And it pays to avoid others, such as red meat, refined sugar, white flour and processed foods. But most importantly, remember to drink a lot of water. It lubricates the joints and brings your body to peak performance. Probably nothing you haven’t heard before, but start doing it!
See your doctor of chiropractic
Together, you can come up with a drug- and surgery-free game plan suited to your specific needs. Adjustments to the spinal cord affect far more than the back, opening communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Your doctor of chiropractic, who is trained in geriatric chiropractic care, may also find joints in need of alignment. And a large part of your doctor of chiropractic’s education focuses on the lifestyle changes just as critical to your well-being.