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OrthoIllinois Chiropractic 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 have to move. As you grow older, you have to move more (than you may desire)! Life is motion. Motion is life. Researchers are really delivering some amazing information on this fact that will motivate us all (and our loved ones!) to keep active so that we can all age gracefully. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic and our McHenry chiropractic patients will all grow old better working together, exercising, moving, and meeting at the office for gentle Cox® treatment!


Bed rest isn’t always best! It may be less scary than moving and be even a bit calming. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic will give you that! When hospitalized, there is lots of bed rest, maybe even a bit too much for a patient’s liking! A study of patients in an acute care hospital ward found that inpatient mobility was low despite their individual capacities to move and desires to get up and move around. (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 improved their muscle strength and power while they were in the hospital using a personalized multicomponent exercise program that integrated power training in as little as 3 days! (2) In a review of the good that exercise offers for frail older adults, researchers emphasized the importance of preserving functional abilities for those who want to grow old gracefully. They further underscored the fact that exercise and physical activity are good to prevent of falls, hospital stays, improved 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 away, and OrthoIllinois Chiropractic encourages it!


Those of us over 65 years old are said to be more prone to frailty, amplifying our risk of several undesirable health issues, both cognitive and physical. The hope we all have is that frailty is alterable. Researchers have studied this issue by reviewing 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 ‘pre-frail’ or just mildly so). (4) Those are promising outcomes! One study said that frail and even “pre” frail older patients demonstrated better physical performance and function following a brief (6 week) facility-based exercise routine that included a walking-based high intensity interval training. 64% improved their frailty rating. Specifically, muscle power improved by 47%, muscle strength by 34%, and aerobic capacity by 19%. (5) And other bonuses with physical activity in general: energy and a better emotional state! Frailty and aging tend to decrease energy levels and stated fatigue and emotional distress. Moving and physical activity has been reported to combat those feelings in older women as well as extend life expectancy and reduce some negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. (6) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic thinks you’ll concur 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 effectiveness of the gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in treating the elderly.

Make your McHenry chiropractic appointment today. You’re alive. What a wonderful thing! Celebrate that with some movement.

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