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What’s the secret to a healthy old age?


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This week the Queen turned 90 and you have to say she has managed to stay (or at least appears to have stayed) very healthy as she has gone through her later years. We have an ageing population in the UK and as people start to live longer we have to take a good look at what we want ageing to mean. It is all well and good living a long life, but surely the quality of those years is far more important. Anyone who has been watching “How to stay young” with Angela Rippon on BBC will have seen that mobility is a key predictor not only of length of life, but the quality of our health as we age.

Here at Dixon Health we have been pushing the message “Keep active, keep healthy” for years. It isn’t exactly rocket science to say that doing more physical activity or exercise is going to keep you in better health than living a sedentary life. However what we saw on “How to stay young” is that certain types of activity reduce the effects of ageing much more effectively than others. Dancing was highlighted as being very effective as a result of the full body, full range movement involved. This demonstrates perfectly why chiropractic can help you to stay healthy as you age. Chiropractors don’t simply look at the body as a series of presenting symptoms, we assess the mobility of the spine and body as a whole. And when we adjust the spine we don’t only improve the mobility in the areas we treat, we see increases in peripheral joint mobility, such as shoulders and hips as well as increases the strength in the muscles around those joints and improvements in balance. This reduces your risk of injuring yourself in a fall, and means you are less likely to lose confidence when moving around.

So chiropractic not only reduces things like back and neck pain, but more importantly improves joint and muscle function, enables you to keep more active and ultimately more healthy! Recent research by a chiropractor named Heidi Haavik has even shown that chiropractic adjustments improve function in the brain, particularly the prefrontal cortex.

A very good simple screen of general mobility was demonstrated by Angela Rippon, why not try it at home:

  1. Stand with your legs crossed
  2. Lower yourself down (under control!) until you are sat on the floor. A loss of control means points get deducted!
  3. Now try and stand back up without touching the floor with anything but your feet. Each other body part (knees, elbows or hands) you need to get you back to your feet loses you points.

If you can perform this whole sequence, you have good mobility and are more likely to live a longer, healthier life. If you need advice or help with mobility or getting active, one of our chiropractors is on hand to help! Simply click here to book online, or call 01225 862140 to book at either of our practices. Don’t wait, start your journey to better health with chiropractic now!

Just one more thing… for those who are interested in chiropractic and the many benefits it has beyond back and neck pain, Heidi Haavik has written an excellent book called “The Reality Check”. I will write a full review at a later date as it is excellent, but in short it is the most comprehensive introduction to and explanation of chiropractic any of us here at Dixon Health have come across. It is written for patients, not chiropractors so you wont be bombarded with jargon. More information can be found here. Well worth a read!!