Aging and The BackIt is normal for the spinal discs and joints to deteriorate with age. Spinal stenosis or the narrowing of the spinal canal can also be part of the aging process. Two conditions brought on by aging are degenerative disc disease and arthritis that can also include stiffening of the spinal ligaments and osteoporosis.
- Degenerative disc disease is experienced by 40% of individuals 40 years of age
- Increases to 80% for individuals 80 years of age and older.
- It centers around discs that gradually change from being mostly water to mostly fat.
- When it is fat, the discs become narrowed and lose elasticity.
Practicing Healthy PostureRight off the bat proper healthy body mechanics is a must. Staying aware and mindful of body posture maintains alignment and keeps the body balanced. Healthy posture will help reduce the effects of:
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Risk of spinal fractures
- Reduce slouching
- Make sure the workstation is in top form and ergonomically sound
- Whatever activity an individual is engaged in, try to elongate and make the spine long.
- This approach also carries over to lifting.
- Make sure to bend the knees when lifting and keep the spine as vertical as possible.
YogaYoga can be highly beneficial for a healthier, more youthful spine. Yoga fulfills three areas for keeping the spine in top form. This includes:
- Regular exercise
- Maintains flexibility
- Achieves ideal body weight
- Maintains strength
- Can be helpful for a variety of spinal conditions, specifically arthritis pain
- Falls can cause serious injuries. Yoga can also help work on balance as well.
See a ChiropractorPreventive medicine is key to keeping the body healthy, youthful, and as strong as possible. A chiropractic examination can determine if there are any spinal problems and a diagnosis to develop an optimal treatment plan. If body function is limited because of pain in the back and/or legs, contact Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic and get the spine back in top form.
Exercise/Stability Ball CurlsThis exercise works muscle groups specific to spinal strength and includes the:
- Deep abdominals
- Hip abductors and rotators
- Lie on your back with the knees bent
- Lift legs up so the bottom of the feet rests on top of an exercise ball
- Roll your legs out until they are straight
- Hold the position for a second or two
- Return to the top of the movement while squeezing the hamstrings