Growing Old

Every person, while still young, knew someone who was old. They likely introduced you to sayings like:

Growing old isn’t for the faint of heart.
Growing old isn’t for sissies.
Growing old is bad, but I guess it is better than the alternative.

Growing old isn’t easy, but a wise man once said “Don’t complain about growing old, it’s a luxury denied
to many”. All of us will lose to Father Time, but life doesn’t have to be full of aches and pains. We have
ways to minimize and delay the pains associated with getting older.

One of the greatest methods to delay the decay of aging is movement. Our bodies crave motion. It helps
lubricate our joints. It strengthens our bones and maintains our muscles. Our circulation and lymph
drainage are improved. It stimulates and maintains our nervous system, including our proprioceptors
that help us maintain balance. One of the main reasons that elderly patients end up in assisted living is a
loss of strength and function. Moving, especially appropriate exercise, helps us keep both strength and
function late into life.

Nutrition is another great tool to delay the aging process. When fed appropriately, our body can repair
and replace its aging cells effectively. Simple sugars and flours can cause inflammation that affects both
our bowels and our joints. Whole grains, proteins, fruits and veggies give our bodies the means it needs
to keep itself in top form.

Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy are also crucial to staying healthy later into life.
Chiropractic keeps joints moving how they are supposed to, eliminating both inflammation and
compensation. It also restores proper range of motion and helps prevent many types of injuries.
Massage therapy reduces inflammation, swelling, and promotes lymph flow. They both are crucial to
helping people move and feel great.

We can help you feel better, and maintain your abilities, regardless of where you are on life’s path.
Whether a young buck or a grizzled veteran, give us a call and we will help you be your best.

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Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month

Someone, somewhere had the great idea to have a Stress Awareness Month. I think that is the last thing
that needed an awareness campaign. We are all keenly aware of how stressed out we are in our lives.
Every time we see a news report about stress we stress out over our need to be less stressed. If we
don’t figure something out with our stres,s our hearts will explode like the Death Star at the end of Star
Wars (or the other Star Wars, or the other one…Seriously, there’s a Death Star in every other Star Wars
movie, it’s time to quit recycling that plot line). Everyone already knows that they are stressed and that
being stressed is bad. What we need is a Treatment of Stress Awareness Month, to let people know
there are real solutions to the problem.

A piece of advice that gets shared on Facebook is to remove the stressors in your life. That is probably
the worst solution possible; it is impossible to remove those things from our lives because those things
are our lives. Make a list of what stresses you out and then count how many of those things you can get
rid of without faking your own death. Chances are there aren’t as many as you would like. How do you
deal with things that drive you nuts but aren’t going anywhere? Luckily, here are two proven ways.

 

STRESS SOLUTION #1

The best thing to do is treat the physical manifestations of stress. Tension, aches, pains, and irritability
are all consequences of being stressed. A chiropractic adjustment helps those things by relieving
pressure in the joints, improving range of motion, and releasing endorphins in the body. All of which will
help you feel better, move better, and live better. Coupling an adjustment with a therapeutic massage is
a home run. Some might say that this is a backwards way of dealing with stress, but I have found it is
easier to live if you feel well.

 

STRESS SOLUTION #2

The other great strategy for dealing with stress is changing your mindset. I can hear you moaning now,
“Oh great, Aaron is about to tell us that the word for opportunity and problem is the same in some
language that I don’t speak”. The truth is that all stress is the same to our bodies. Physically we cannot
tell the difference between a wedding and funeral (and sometimes we can’t mentally, either). Stress is
our body’s way of dealing with stuff, so applying a positive mindset really can make us feel better. I
know as well as anyone that it is hard to stay positive when your kid writes in permanent marker on the
new hardwood floors or puts a plastic plate in the microwave for five minutes for literally no reason at
all. Complaining and whining is the popular thing to do, but it limits our ability to cope and to deal with
stresses. Staying positive is more than a cliché saying, it is the truth.

 

Of course, there are other ideas for dealing with stress, but these two methods are tried and true. What
has worked for you? Comment below and tell us how you deal with stress.

–Dr. Aaron England

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