As we age, our bodies undergo a lot of obvious changes: age lines and wrinkles popping up on our faces, our eyes becoming droopy, tummies getting bloated, and gray hair starting to show. But much of the concern is not at all physical. We lose strength, fatigue easily, and deal with frequent aching joints - we constantly tackle with pain and disability. Other people experience osteoporosis and osteoarthritis which greatly prevent them from being active as they still should.
But, although these changes are inevitably inescapable, there are things that we can do to slow its progression. Understanding the process of aging and knowing what to expect can help us develop steps to delay its effects and remain as totally independent as possible.
Staying as active as we could make a difference in how we cope with these painful effects of aging. When we move, we train our muscles to keep working and our bones and joints still strong. All of these structures work hand-in-hand to maintain our bodies as we age so we can MOVE!!! Because without movement, we’ll be in pain due to muscle tightness, brittle bones, and stiff joints.
As aging strikes, our muscles begin to shrink and lose their mass, which weakens us. It is a natural thing, but if whether we feel tired that we don’t want to move or we just don’t want to move because we feel pain, we become more sedentary, making the matter worse and likely affect our daily functioning. We’ll experience difficulty in accomplishing even the simplest tasks, such as opening a jar or turning a doorknob because of a weak hand grip. Sarcopenia is not a disease but a normal process that occurs with aging, and it refers specifically to the loss of lean body mass due to the loss of skeletal muscle.
These associated age-related muscle changes from sarcopenia result mainly from disuse rather than from a simple aging process. Therefore, the best way to counteract them is to simply MOVE!!!
As repeatedly implied, the most effective way to prevent and treat sarcopenia and the related effects is to simply be physically active through exercise. Physical activity provides our muscles and bones the adequate "stress" they need to keep strong. However, this may not be suitable for aged, frail, or disabled individuals because their strength can further deteriorate with exercise and may reach a critical level where independent functioning can be greatly impacted. An alternative to these exercises is vibration therapy, such as the one delivered by Recovapro,which can provide the mechanical "stress" to the different tissues in our bodies.
A study that examined the effects of vibration therapy on sarcopenia has demonstrated favorable results and indicated that although it didn’t show a direct effect on muscle mass, vibration therapy can still be used in the management of this age-related muscle loss. Specifically, both the whole-body vibration and localized vibration therapy delivered at 300 Hz for 15 minutes have been shown to increase muscle strength and improve physical function. Furthermore, both types have been found to improve balance in sarcopenic adults, reducing the risks for falls. According to the same study, effects on strength were more sustained after localized vibration therapy when compared with whole-body vibration even if the application was interrupted for long periods.
Aging is inevitable, and we will all experience its effects. But as long as we keep on moving, we can fight back at sarcopenia and still do the things we love to do even if we’re not as strong or as flexible as before. Let Recovapro assist you in living the life you want, being happy and healthy at an old age…
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