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McHenry Exercise Helps Cope with Pain and Aging

"If you don't keep going, you're gonna die." How’s that for a title to a paper?! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic was even startled a bit, but it is true. No matter your age, your pain, your life plan, we all have to keep going forward! This is so true for middle- to older-age McHenry back and neck pain sufferers. Luckily, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is here for you.


We all start considering anti-aging benefits at a certain age! One group of researchers wrote that regular exercise has multi-system anti-aging effects and called for more research to gain knowledge of just how molecular mediators of exercise benefits function in older folks instead of just turning to pharmaceuticals. (1) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic wholeheartedly agrees! Walking is great! This an important message for all McHenry pain sufferers!


Walk each day with a goal of 7000 steps. Why? Research. 2,110 black and white men and women and their steps-per-day counts were followed. They sported an accelerometer from 2005 to 2006 and then were followed for a mean of 10.8 years. Their stats were examined in 2020 and 2021 to see what, if any, association was found between steps-per-day and all-mortality death risk. This study was a portion of the larger CARDIA (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults) study. Steps-taken-per-day were described as “low” (less than 7000), “moderate” (7000-9999) and “high” (more than 10,000). Stepping intensity – stepping rate – played a role, too. Moderate/high step rate was associated with a reduced risk of mortality in black and white women and men in middle-age who took 7000 steps or more a day compared with those who walked less. (2) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic sees how walking helps – 7000 steps or not – and urges McHenry chiropractic patients to walk what they can. Any walk will do!


How do most McHenry back pain patients cope with chronic low back pain? Some of the things people may say or feel are these:

  • I feel helpless because nothing works.
  • I feel down and depressed.
  • I distantly wish for an end to it.
  • I accept the reality of my pain.
  • The pain stays, I keep going.

What about you? There is no right or wrong answer. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic sees them all! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is by everyone’s side. We meet each back pain patient – old or young, active or inactive – where each one is. We create a treatment plan together. The researchers who formulated the above basic 5 categories of how patients deal with chronic low back pain recognized how pain impacts life. (3) So does OrthoIllinois Chiropractic. Coming to our McHenry chiropractic office is a positive step toward perseverance in managing pain and enjoying life!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Shawn Nelson on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses his use of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction helped a patient return to a desired quality of life while managing the leg and foot pain numbness she experienced.

Schedule your McHenry chiropractic appointment today. We are ready to help you keep moving, better manage your pain, and enjoy life fully!

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic encourages exercise for its anti-aging affects as well as its positive pain-coping effects.  
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