February 16, 2004 at 9:27 PM CST - Updated June 26 at 6:28 AM
Americans are living longer and making the most of their later years with exercise, regular chiropractic care, and a properly balanced diet.
Being active can help you stay agile, alert, and is an important key to living independently. “Perhaps the most debilitating influence in our health as we age is a sedentary lifestyle,” said Dr. Jerome McAndrews, spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).
People who don’t exercise are more susceptible to broken bones, circulation problems, and other conditions associated with aging. Exercise, however, can improve mobility, digestion, circulation, and reduce fatigue, stress, and anxiety.
Follow a program of activity that includes the four building blocks of fitness — Endurance, Strength, Flexibility, and Balance. Endurance or aerobic activities increase breathing and heart rate. Brisk walking and swimming are superior endurance activities. Strength training builds muscle and strengthens bones. Use free weights or weight machines to build strength. Flexibility is important to improve joint range of motion and avoid injury. Ballet and yoga are good activities to promote flexibility and improve balance.
Regardless of age, when spinal damage goes uncorrected, the body deposits calcium on the surface of adjacent bones that aren’t moving properly, fusing spinal vertebrae and resulting in subluxation degeneration. Regular chiropractic care can help restore and maintain proper spinal alignment, movement, and function.
In his 27 years of practice, Dr. Elliott has helped hundreds of senior adults improve the quality of their lives with chiropractic care. Call (936) 639-1014 or 1-866-537-BACK today for more information.