Sarcopenia, the loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength, is a major problem as people age. It can lead to disability, osteoporosis, falls, hospital stays, and even death. Wondering how to prevent sarcopenia? Taking a few natural steps now can improve muscle health and help maintain autonomy and well-being into
It’s a question that should concern all women: “What is osteoporosis?” Yet it also should concern men, who may not be aware they also could be at risk for the disease.
What Is Osteoporosis? It Starts With an Imbalance
You may not realize that your bones—like all your body tissues—are metabolically active,
If you have injured yourself—be it a sprained or strained muscle, a torn ligament, or a broken bone—or if you have a physical condition that affects your joint flexibility and mobility, you may be tempted to take to your bed in order to alleviate your discomfort and recover your strength.
Balance—or your sense of equilibrium—is something you may take for granted. It helps you stay upright when standing, know where you are in relation to gravity, and walk and move without falling. Balance is controlled by the vestibular system in the inner ear: essentially, this system tells you how your
Aqua-Exercise: Refreshing, Low-Impact, and Effective
Pool classes have undergone an extreme make-over in the past few years. While exercising in the water will always have a joint-friendly benefit, a variety of higher-intensity classes are making a splash with people of all ages and fitness levels. Almost anything you can do on
Shake Your Groove Thing in Gyms, Studios, and Ballrooms
Dancing is primal. Turn on some rhythmic music with babies in the room and the fun begins. Thanks to competitive TV shows like Dancing with the Stars, more adults have gotten into the groove, too. From fitness dance like Zumba to more
Only a small minority of people who battle low back pain will need surgery. Back pain surgery is either done in an emergency or electively (by choice). In this chapter, we’ll consider what goes into the decision to choose elective surgery as well as the situations that create the need
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 90 percent of people with low back pain will recover within a month even without any treatment. Thus, acute and subacute pain is best managed conservatively.
The latest guidelines by the American College of Physicians (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 2017) strongly
Back pain has a wide range of presentations and causes. Pain differs widely from person to person for reasons that are puzzling. This makes back pain one of the most challenging conditions for both the patient and healthcare provider.
Some individuals feel a constant ache across their lower back when
For aging adults, a threat to independence and mobility is sarcopenia as a result of inactivity. For many older adults, inactivity is a process that develops over decades. The older some people get, the less active they become, meaning a decline in functional exercises. For seniors, it’s not necessarily because