As we get older, there’s no doubt our joints feel stiffer and those aches and pains get a little stronger. As an Ealing Chiropractor, I see a number of people in their more mature years who are experiencing problems with their joints and areas like the back.
The trouble is that we tend to suffer these aches and pains precisely because we are getting older. We see it as the natural wear and tear we are bound to experience in our middle and golden years.
Whatever your age, however, there is plenty you can do to reduce the potential for mobility problems and trouble with your joints, muscles, neck and spine.
Common Problems for Older People
Of course, it’s true as we grow older things begin to deteriorate. For example, people, especially women, lose bone mass as they age. Joints become less flexible, often because we don’t exercise enough and because the vertebrae lose some of their mineral content while fluid lubricating the joints reduces.
If we put on weight as we grow older, a paunch puts stress on our backs and cause issues because of the extra weight we’re carrying. Not doing the right exercise can cause our core to become weaker which means we have less support. Old injuries that occurred at an earlier age can come back to haunt us. Physical issues like bone spurs may also cause problems and there are conditions such as osteoarthritis that many older people suffer from.
Common pain areas as you grow older are the lower back, neck, knee and hip joints, wrists and hands. Making sure you investigate any developing pain and get a proper diagnosis is important. It’s surprising the number of people we see at our Ealing chiropractic clinic who have let a condition go on and on before they finally look to do something about it.
What to Do About Your Aches and Pains
First of all, if you have persistent aches and pains, it’s important to have yourself checked out. While you may be tempted to ‘soldier on’, getting a proper diagnosis can mean your problem gets relieved and you can then, hopefully, live a relatively pain-free life.
There are, of course, a number of natural things that you can do to relieve those aches and pains:
- Exercise: Getting out and about and exercising regularly is important and it doesn’t have to be strenuous. Regular walking is pretty good for your joints, posture and physical health. You might like to try a little gentle weight training to maintain muscle mass as you grow older. Work on your core or stomach area so that you provide support for your spine.
- Eat well: Another thing to focus on is your diet. Regularly eating oily fish or taking fish oil supplements is good for the joints and can help promote better mobility. But eating healthily and avoiding foods that contain lots of sugar or are over processed is also good for our health.
- Lose weight: If you’re carrying excess weight, it can put a lot of pressure on your joints and spine. Losing a few pounds, especially around the stomach area can make a huge difference and reduce those aches and pains.
- Pay attention to posture: As we grow older, we can also get into bad habits, especially when it comes to posture. Paying a little more attention to how you walk and sit can make a big difference too.
Can Your Ealing Chiropractor Help?
The simple answer is yes. If you’re suffering from aches and pains in the back and joints, paying a visit to your local chiropractor will certainly help. At our Ealing chiropractic clinic – The Spine & joint Centre, we’ll be able to give you a full examination and help put in place different measures to reduce any discomfort.