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How to Age Successfully 

 November 14, 2011

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Successful Ageing

Mechanicsville, Virginia — Ah, the Golden Years:  time to enjoy life, with a healthy body and plenty of leisure time.  Sounds wonderful, yes?  Unfortunately, fewer and fewer of us live such care-free lives. Each of our life goals takes planning, knowledge, focus, and perhaps good fortune;  but what can you do to make “successful ageing” more likely — whether you’re a child, working age, winding down, or already retired?  Here are some facts and tips, courtesy of Stover Chiropractic, P.C.

A healthy body helps ensure both ability to work and play.  Did you know that in the U.S. and Europe, the top 2 reasons we miss work are either the common cold, or musculoskeletal injuries?(1)  Did you know that among athletes, the injury rate (“injury” is defined as a disorder that disallows training, playing, or competition for 1 or more days) rises towards 100% as we move from recreational to competitive to professional sport?  Whether you’re seeking to build your nest egg and provide for your family, or to play with the grandkids or participate in sport, staying healthy is critical.  There are many ways you can protect yourself from the common cold, from hand washing, to a healthy night’s sleep, to a diet rich in raw vitamin-rich food, to chiropractic care [yes, chiropractic care may have beneficial effects on the immune system](2).  Ask your doctor of chiropractic to learn more.

When it comes to musculoskeletal injuries—or NEUROmusculoskeletal disorders (injuries and illnesses involving not just lifeless body parts, but instead directed by the nervous system and its control of those parts)—chiropractic care is a safe, proven, and cost-effective option.(3,4)  But it’s not just the wonderful things that chiropractors do with their hands that can and do boost patient health—it’s also the information they provide, and the example they set, that benefit our health.  “Modeling” positive health behaviors affects a doctor’s patients;  and when you engage in it, research shows you’ll also affect those around you, as well as inspire positive health behaviors of your family including your children.(5,6,7,8)  Remember, your taking steps to improve your well-being, health, and safety has benefits for everyone in your life;  so don’t consider any time or resources your pour into your health “selfish.”

The Golden Years can quickly become soured by a fall.  1 in 3 seniors will fall every year.(9)  With your doctor of chiropractic’s guidance, you can limit or avoid these mis-steps and consequences.  Joints in the neck and the base of the spine are especially important in helping you balance;  and your doctor of chiropractic is trained to help them move properly, especially when they’re a bit stiff from the ravages of time.  A chiropractor’s care may also help you stand straighter, helping you not just feel younger, but look younger and more vibrant too!  Evidence-based fall prevention programs can decrease your risk(10), and exercise programs—which are essential to fall prevention—can improve your odds of avoiding a fall even if bone density scans suggest it’s not making a difference.(11)  Don’t believe the hype of the drug industry that touts the benefits of bone-density increasing drugs, and a host of other illusory “wonder drugs,” as your only hope.  If there is a true wonder-drug, it’s the healing power inside of YOU.

Your doctor of chiropractic can help you with your family’s necks, backs, headaches, sports injuries, and more—but don’t’ forget that “doctor” means “teacher.”  Doctors of chiropractic are extensively trained in the human frame and nervous system, and are uniquely qualified to help you feel and FUNCTION at your best—regardless of your age. For more information on ways to help your family live better, please call us at 804-559-1100 for guidance;  or visit http://virginiachiropractic.org to find a highly-qualified chiropractor near you.

Let’s enjoy our aging,

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

 

References:

1  http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/7807300

2  Brennan et al.  Enhanced neutrophil respiratory burst as a biological marker for manipulation forces: duration of the effect and association with substance P and tumor necrosis factor.   J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1992 Feb;15(2):83-9. 

3 Liliedahl et al. Cost of Care for Common Back Pain Conditions Initiated With Chiropractic Doctor vs Medical Doctor/Doctor of Osteopathy as First Physician: Experience of One Tennessee-Based General Health Insurer. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. November – December 2010;33(9):640-643.

4 New Zealand Report, Report of the Commission of Inquiry. Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand, 1979. 2000;30(12):755-766

5 Patients consider their physicians to be more credible and better equipped to help motivate them to become physically active if the physicians appeared to be practicing healthy life behaviors themselves.  (Hash et al.  Does physician weight affect perception of health advice? Preventative Medicine, 2003, 36, 41-44.

6 Baranowski et al.  How individuals, environments and health behaviors interact.  In K. Glanz, F.M. Lewis, and B.K. Rimmer (eds.), Health behavior and health education: Theory, research and practice (2nd ed., pp 153-178), 1997. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

7 Freedson, P.S. & Evenson, S. [1991].  Familial aggregation in physical activity.  Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 63, 384-389.

8 Moore et al. [1991].  Influence of parents’ physical activity on activity levels of young children.  Journal of Pediatrics, 118, 215-219.

9 Hausdorff et al. Gait variability and fall risk in community-living older adults: a 1-year prospective study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2001;82:1050-1056.

10 CDC. Trends in hospital utilization: United States, 1988–92. Vital Health Stat 1996;13(124):62-64)

11 M, Itoi E, Wahner H, Wollan P, Gelzcer R, Mullan B, Collins D, Hodgson S. Stronger Back Muscles Reduce the Incidence of Vertebral Fractures: A Prospective 10 Year Follow-up of Postmenopausal Women. Bone. June 2002; 30(6), 836-841

 

Celebrate Wellness! is provided as a public service by the Unified Virginia Chiropractic Association, PO Box 15, Afton, VA 22920, phone 540-932-3100, e-mail vcacentral@hughes.net.  Production and content courtesy of Trusted Voice.  All rights reserved.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.


Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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