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Aging and A Few Ways To Keep The Spine In Top Form

Aging and A Few Ways To Keep The Spine In Top Form

Keeping an individual’s spine in top form equals less pain and more mobility, flexibility, and freedom. The body wears down and is a natural effect of aging that happens to every single one of us. Spinal issues related to aging can become serious if not addressed and enacted upon with exercises, stretching, and chiropractic maintenance.  

Aging and The Back

It is normal for the spinal discs and joints to deteriorate with age. Spinal stenosis or the narrowing of the spinal canal can also be part of the aging process. Two conditions brought on by aging are degenerative disc disease and arthritis that can also include stiffening of the spinal ligaments and osteoporosis.
  • Degenerative disc disease is experienced by 40% of individuals 40 years of age
  • Increases to 80% for individuals 80 years of age and older.
  • It centers around discs that gradually change from being mostly water to mostly fat.
  • When it is fat, the discs become narrowed and lose elasticity.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 23% of American adults have arthritis. This is a condition that mainly affects the facet joints. The joints become swollen, which reduces the range of motion and can impinge on the spinal nerves, causing pain, weakness, and sciatica. With time the ligaments around and in the spine stiffen, reducing the range of motion, causing stenosis. Bone loss, or osteoporosis, is brought on by changes in hormones and other factors like nutrition. Aging is a natural process, but individuals can help their spines stay in top form no matter how old they are.  
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Practicing Healthy Posture

Right off the bat proper healthy body mechanics is a must. Staying aware and mindful of body posture maintains alignment and keeps the body balanced. Healthy posture will help reduce the effects of:
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniation
  • Risk of spinal fractures
Practicing proper posture includes:
  • Reduce slouching
  • Make sure the workstation is in top form and ergonomically sound
  • Whatever activity an individual is engaged in, try to elongate and make the spine long.
  • This approach also carries over to lifting.
  • Make sure to bend the knees when lifting and keep the spine as vertical as possible.


Yoga can be highly beneficial for a healthier, more youthful spine. Yoga fulfills three areas for keeping the spine in top form. This includes:
  • Regular exercise
  • Maintains flexibility
  • Achieves ideal body weight
Yoga is an age-defying activity for the spine. Because it:
  • Maintains strength
  • Flexibility
  • Posture
  • Balance
  • Can be helpful for a variety of spinal conditions, specifically arthritis pain
  • Falls can cause serious injuries. Yoga can also help work on balance as well.

See a Chiropractor

Preventive medicine is key to keeping the body healthy, youthful, and as strong as possible. A chiropractic examination can determine if there are any spinal problems and a diagnosis to develop an optimal treatment plan. If body function is limited because of pain in the back and/or legs, contact Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic and get the spine back in top form.

Body Composition


Exercise/Stability Ball Curls

This exercise works muscle groups specific to spinal strength and includes the:
  • Hamstrings
  • Glutes
  • Deep abdominals
  • Hip abductors and rotators
Exercises like this are one of the most effective ways to build functional strength and endurance in the hamstrings, hips and prevent injuries. To do this workout:
  • Lie on your back with the knees bent
  • Lift legs up so the bottom of the feet rests on top of an exercise ball
  • Roll your legs out until they are straight
  • Hold the position for a second or two
  • Return to the top of the movement while squeezing the hamstrings
Working these muscles will help make squatting, lunging, or bending motions easier on the spine.  

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Parenthood Linked To A Longer Life

Parenthood Linked To A Longer Life

El Paso, TX. Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez takes a look at parenthood and longer life.

Parents, take courage. If you survive the sleep deprivation, toddler tantrums and teenage angst, you may be rewarded with a longer life than your childless peers, researchers said Tuesday.

Fathers gained more in life expectancy than mothers, a team wrote in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health — and particularly in older age.

“By the age of 60, the difference in life expectancy… may be as much as two years” between people with, and those without, children, they concluded.

Researchers tracked the lifespan of men and women born between 1911 and 1925 and living in Sweden — more than 1.4 million people in total.


Data Was Gathered On Whether The Participants Were Married & Had Children


Men and women with at least one child had “lower death risks” than childless ones, the team concluded.

“At 60 years of age, the difference in life expectancy was two years for men and 1.5 years for women” compared to peers with no kids, the researchers wrote.

By age 80, men who fathered children had a remaining life expectancy of seven years and eight months, compared to seven years for childless men, said the team.

For mothers, life expectancy at 80 was nine years and six months, while for childless women it was eight years and 11 months.

The study merely pointed out a correlation, and cannot conclude that having children is the cause of the life expectancy gains, the researchers admitted.

But they theorised that parents may benefit from social and financial support from their children in older age, which childless people lose out on.

It Could Be That Childless People Live Unhealthier Lifestyles Than Parents Do


The association between having children and longer life was found in married and unmarried people, but appeared to be strongest in single, older men, said the study.

This could be because unmarried men relied more heavily on their offspring in the absence of a partner.

The study did not echo previous research which found that having daughters is more beneficial for longevity than sons.

Fewer and fewer people are having children in Sweden at the same time as older people are spurning old age institutions to receive care at home — often by their children.

“Therefore, to further investigate health and survival consequences for childless older individuals is of importance,” wrote the team.

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Staying Socially Active Nourishes the Aging Brain

Staying Socially Active Nourishes the Aging Brain


Socializing with Relatives and friends may help you stay mentally sharp as you age,

A new report co-sponsored by AARP finds

“It’s not uncommon for our social networks to shrink in size as we get older,” said Marilyn Albert, professor of neurology and director of cognitive neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

“This report provides many helpful suggestions about the things we can do to improve the quality of our relationships with family and friends, which may be beneficial in maintaining our mental abilities,” Albert said in an AARP news release.

The report also discusses the social benefits of having pets, how age-friendly communities boost social ties, how close relationships benefit both physical and mental health, and how social media (including Facebook and Skype) helps older adults maintain social connections.


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The report is from the AARP and the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). Albert is chair of the GCBH.

In related news, a new AARP survey found that nearly four in 10 adults aged 40 and older said they lack social connections. Those people also reported worse brain health.

Sarah Lock is AARP senior vice president for policy and GCBH executive director. She said, “We know that loneliness and social isolation can increase physical health risks for older people.”

So, Lock added, “The GCBH’s consensus that people who are socially engaged have a lower risk for cognitive [mental] decline shows us just how important social connections are to brain health.”

The AARP said older adults can boost their social ties by making new social connections, including with younger people. Other suggestions include joining a club or taking a class; visiting, calling or emailing regularly with relatives, friends, and neighbors; and volunteering or visiting a lonely neighbor or friend.

SOURCE: AARP, news release, Feb. 14, 2017

News stories are written and provided by HealthDay and do not reflect federal policy, the views of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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The Anti-Aging Effects of Chiropractic Care

The Anti-Aging Effects of Chiropractic Care

Many people have the common misconception that chiropractic treatment is only used to treat issues like back and neck pain, however, Dr. Billy DeMoss, doctor of chiropractic and expert in anti-aging, natural techniques, has helped hundreds of his own patients understand the true essence of chiropractic care and what it can really do to help an individual�s overall health and wellness, promoting longevity.

The connection between the brain, spinal cord and the nervous system is fundamental to control every function of the body which provides life and it�s important for each individual to understand how nurturing these structures through proper nutrition, exercise and good sleeping habits can extend our well-being. Additionally, just like functional and external health is important, taking care of the spine and the nervous system is essential towards overall health and wellness.

Chiropractic Care for Longevity

Dr. Billy DeMoss emphasizes that longevity can be achieved through the daily basis practice of good habits which contribute to a whole improvement of lifestyle. According to Dr. DeMoss, that is the exact function of chiropractic. When a person visits a chiropractor�s office due to symptoms of pain and discomfort, foremost, the doctor of chiropractic will assess the individual�s spine to determine whether they have any subluxations, or spinal misalignments, which could be the source of their symptoms. When there�s a misalignment in the spine, a point along the spine where the vertebrae aren�t moving or functioning properly can cause irritation and inflammation to the surrounding structures, resulting in a compression of the nerves which can create an interference between the brain, spinal cord, nerves and ultimately, the internal organs of the body. A chiropractor�s job is to remove these interferences and restore the normal function of the spine and its surrounding structures.

In an average visit to the chiropractor�s office, a chiropractor will evaluate an individual�s condition to diagnose a subluxation, as well as other possible complications, through palpation, feeling the spine and checking their range of motion. Occasionally, these healthcare providers will utilize X-rays and thermographic scans, if available, to determine the area where an individual needs to be adjusted, to remove their spinal misalignments and allow greater communication through the circuitry of the brain, spinal cord and nerves, to the organs and back.

According to research studies, approximately 85 percent of disease is caused by being in a constant state of stress. When the spine is out of alignment, not only does it interfere with the natural transmission of nerve signals from the brain to the rest of the body, it also causes tension to build up on the spinal cord, creating irritation of the nerves, which can then push an individual to enter a constant state of stress, triggering the sympathetic system, best known as the fight or flight response.

The human body is designed to enter the sympathetic state periodically in the case of a stressful situation or during instances of extreme danger. In a sympathetic state, the body reacts by increasing heart rate and pressure, along with other physical changes, to exponentially increase the function of the structures of the body, however, many individuals are found to constantly be in this state of stress, something which research studies have concluded could lead to heart disease and other complications if the issue is not corrected over a prolonged period of time.

Fortunately, these same research studies support the fact that if a person�s spinal subluxations, or misalignments, are corrected as well as their posture, the individual�s overall health and wellness can be restored, improving their longevity.

What is Chiropractic?

How Chiropractic Treatment Heals the Body

Chiropractic is referred to as one of the most powerful tools for removing stress. Chiropractic care helps correct subluxations through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, along with the participation in a specific set of exercises, changes in nutrition and sleeping habits, as well as the correction of posture. Compression on the nerves caused by a spinal misalignment can restrict the proper flow of life. Chiropractic treatment can help remove tension from the spinal cord and help shift a person from the sympathetic system into the parasympathetic state, where the body is able to rest, properly undergo digestion and nutrient absorption, ultimately repairing itself to promote a healthier state to prevent disease by building healthy cells to prolong life. Dr. Billy DeMoss describes how his patients have claimed they have more energy, sleep better and experience improved digestion and symptoms. A proper alignment of the spine can slow down the process of degeneration in the body, preventing the development of degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis.

When it comes to correcting posture, chiropractic treatment can also help. The spine is placed under the stress of gravity on a daily basis. Additionally, due to the increased popularity of devices such as smart phones and tablets, or simply sitting in front of a computer screen for an extended period of time has created an epidemic of forward head posture cases in the population. With regular spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, chiropractic can restore an individual�s original alignment of their spine, reducing the amount of stress being placed on its surrounding structures to decrease irritation and inflammation, helping to strengthen the muscles and other tissues around the spine to improve posture.

In conclusion, Dr. Billy DeMoss, like many other doctors of chiropractic, understands the importance of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations to help restore the body�s natural well-being to promote longevity. Overall health and wellness doesn�t only involve following nutritional, physical activity and sleep habits. Whole body wellness also includes the health of the spine and its surrounding structures. As an individual interested in living a longer, healthier life, make sure to consult your primary health provider or visit a chiropractic office to receive a diagnosis of your current spinal condition to begin treatment, if needed, as soon as possible and improve your overall lifestyle.

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Chiropractic care is a well-known, alternative treatment option utilized to naturally relieve symptoms of neck and back pain, among others. Recent studies have demonstrated however, that chiropractic can also have tremendous anti-aging effects on the body, helping to prevent the rapid degeneration of the spine to avoid developing diseases like osteoarthritis.

For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .

By Dr. Alex Jimenez