As we get older, we often find we’re not able to move as freely as we did when we were younger. Our joints and muscles feel stiff and less flexible, and moving after sitting or laying down can be especially difficult.
Why is this?
As we age, our bones and muscles naturally tend to become weaker and our ligaments, tendons and muscles also lose their flexibility. At the same time, we lose some of the cartilage and synovial fluid that keeps our joints well-lubricated and moving smoothly. The feeling of stiffness we experience is often our perception of the increased effort required to perform daily tasks.
Move It or Lose It
The key to maintaining healthy muscles, bones and joints—and remaining pain-free as we age—is staying physically active. Muscles and joints used regularly will stay stronger and more flexible, and bones that are regularly stimulated by holding our body up as we move will retain density better. Plus, regular physical activity helps keep your cardiovascular system—your heart, lungs, veins and arteries—in optimal condition as well.
Moving your body regularly is a great way to prevent age-related physical issues and keep you living the lifestyle you love. Get moving with an exercise class or club, or team up with a friend who shares your physical activity goals or your passion for a particular sport. You’ve heard of Newton’s First Law of Motion, a body in motion stays in motion. Getting started is the first step.
The Movement Experts
If you need some guidance taking that first step, an Orthology Physical Therapist or Chiropractor can help. They’ll work with you to create a program based on your unique condition, symptoms and goals, and ensure that you are able to move safely with your body while building strength and increasing range of motion. Your provider may also teach you how to keep you moving forward at home, with self-massage or tool-assisted techniques.
Pain as we age doesn’t have to be an eventuality—Orthology can help. Book an appointment today.