Posted on 10/23/2023.
As we age, our bodies undergo various changes, and it's essential to pay attention to our musculoskeletal system for long-term health and well-being. Many individuals focus on their muscles and joints only when they experience pain or discomfort. However, proactive care and attention to these areas can significantly impact our quality of life as we age. This article will explore the relationship between aging, muscle health, and joint care and how chiropractic care is crucial in maintaining overall musculoskeletal wellness.
The Aging Process:
Aging is an inevitable part of life, bringing about physical changes that affect our muscles and joints. Our musculoskeletal system, consisting of muscles, bones, and joints, requires ongoing attention to maintain good working order. Waiting until pain or injuries occur before addressing these issues can lead to more significant problems.
The Role of Joints:
Joints are fundamental components of our musculoskeletal system. They consist of two bony surfaces covered with cartilage and enclosed with a synovial membrane. When muscles become tight and restricted, they exert force on these bony surfaces, altering their position and function. If left uncorrected, these changes can lead to joint dysfunction and degenerative conditions like arthritis. Additionally, inflammation stemming from an unhealthy diet can exacerbate this process.
The Importance of Muscle Mass:
Maintaining healthy muscle mass is vital, especially as we age. After the age of 45, the path to weakness and a loss of joint function begins if we do not engage in strength training and proper care, including chiropractic care. Strength training and chiropractic care offer numerous benefits, such as muscle growth, improved strength, and enhanced metabolism. Muscles also act as glucose reservoirs, contributing to overall metabolic health. Conversely, a lack of muscle mass can lead to metabolic problems.
Cross-sectional area of a leg. The white area is fat, the gray area is muscle
Credit: Carl Murphy and Sheri Coker, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Taking Action for Muscles and Joints:
The key takeaway is clear: pay attention to your muscles and joints before pain or injuries become severe. Regular visits to a chiropractor can help ensure that your spine and joints are aligned and adjusted appropriately. Just as you see a dentist for annual check-ups to prevent oral issues, prioritize building and maintaining your muscle mass, regardless of age. Remember, there is a suitable fitness and strength training regimen for everyone, and it's never too late to start.
Aging gracefully and maintaining good health is within our reach if we take a proactive approach to caring for our muscles and joints. Chiropractic care, in combination with strength training and a healthy lifestyle, can significantly improve your overall quality of life as you age. The most crucial step is to take action now, invest in your musculoskeletal health, and enjoy the many benefits of a healthy, active life.
Yours in health,
Dr. Loren Marks