We see a wide range of people at our office and the differences amongst them can be striking; some patients in their 70’s struggle with walking around the block, while others tell us about their daily runs. So what’s the difference? Why are some of our older patients able to be so much more active?
It's unfortunate how often our patients say something along the lines of, "Oh well that ache/pain/strain is just what happens as I get older." Although the body does change as we get older, aches and pains are not meant to become a regular part of your life. If you excuse the pain, you let the problem that was causing the pain continue. That leads to degeneration, arthritis, and chronic pain. When you take care of the cause of the pain through chiropractic, massage, or other options, the problems get resolved and you can age thoughtfully and gracefully.
If you catch yourself excusing your aches and pains as part of getting older, just remind yourself of the story about the same age knees. Age doesn’t cause pain, neglect, stress, and abuse do. If your body is talking to you about a pain for more than week, stop with the “maybe it will go away,” stop with the “its just age,” and start taking care of your body. It’s the only one you get.