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Anti-aging health care is a new field. It promises to be one of the most significant medical specialties of the future, one that will influence human life for generations to come. Chiropractic physicians have already made, and will continue to make, important contributions to this field.
Chiropractors are often the first health care professional a patient will visit with early signs of aging. How many patients hobble into your office complaining of stiff arthritic joints or aching backs? They worry about these painful effects of aging and demand our help.
The evolution in addressing anti-aging is perfect for the chiropractor. Our patients are already provided with nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and adjustments, and the added interpretations of biomarker testing and treatment are a natural.
One of the first recommendations is exercise. Many people assume that getting fatter, weaker and stiffer is inevitable with age. A growing body of research, however, suggests that much of the decline attributed to aging actually comes from being sedentary, and that regular exercise can help people remain healthy and independent as they get older.
One of the most intriguing studies documented the “anti-aging” effect of physical activity comes from the adult exercise research program at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where exercise physiologists collected data on nearly 1,000 adults who have undertaken regular exercise programs. The results show a dramatic decrease in the age drop that occurs in the normal population that does not exercise.
As many gerontologists and researchers have found, exercise is the closest thing to an anti-aging pill that exists. People who are physically fit, eat a healthy, balanced diet and take nutritional supplements can measure out to be 10 to 20 years younger biologically than their chronological age. This is what makes an immortal. An immortal doesn’t necessarily live forever but can be free from mental and physical disease and degeneration for years longer than an unhealthy individual. Exercise is an extremely important part of achieving this “immortality.”
It doesn’t matter if you were once physically active in your younger years. If you’re not currently engaged in a physical activity program on a regular basis, your body is not receiving the innumerable health-related benefits of exercise.
As the baby-boomers age, they will need specialists to help them maintain their active lifestyles and quality of life. Chiropractors who focus on this segment of our population will not only help this huge segment of our population but also the growth of chiropractic.