Bottom Line: Getting older, suffering injuries, and the constant strain of gravity – they all lead to degenerative changes in your spine and your entire body. You may be surprised to learn that even conditions like disc herniations can be a regular part of the aging process. So how do you slow down father time and move on from those pesky aches and pains as you get older?
Well, it’s not with any magic pills or risky surgeries. Your body is designed to move and be healthy. The choices you make today will impact how your body ages in the future. And by staying active, eating right, and making smart decisions with Chiropractic care, you can maintain a high quality of life well into your golden years. So, what about those disc bulges and disc herniations? Keep reading…
Why it Matters: No one likes giving up their hobbies and interests due to pain. Some people just think it’s part of getting older, but we’ve seen 70 and 80-year-olds still surfing, golfing, and doing yoga every day. How do they stay so active, when others are debilitated by conditions like disc herniations? The answer may surprise you. Remember your body is designed to be healthy, sometimes it may just need a little help.
Millions of people are staying active late in their life using Chiropractic care. Not only do Chiropractic adjustments help to reduce pain, but they also have the potential to slow down the degenerative process on the spine, effectively slowing down father time. Now that’s what I call smart healthcare.
Next Steps: Get well and stay well by taking a proactive stance with your healthcare. Eating right, having fun, staying fit, and getting adjusted are all things you can do now to slow down the degenerative process of aging. And while we may never be able to reverse the aging process entirely, we can make smart decisions to improve our quality of life and enjoy the time we have to its full potential!
(1) Outcomes from Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Confirmed Symptomatic Cervical Disk Herniation Patients Treated with High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude Spinal Manipulative Therapy. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. October 2013
(2) Outcomes of Acute and Chronic Patients with MRI Confirmed Symptomatic Lumbar Disc Herniations Receiving High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude,Spinal Manipulative Therapy: A Prospective Observational Cohort Study with One Year Follow-Up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. March/April 2014
(4) Symptomatic MRI-Confirmed Lumbar Disk Herniation Patients: A Comparative Effectiveness Prospective Observational Study of 2 Age and Sex-Matched Cohorts Treated with Either High-Velocity, Low Amplitude Spinal Manipulative Therapy or Imaging-Guided Lumbar Nerve Root Injections. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. May 2013
by Christopher Freytag, D.C.