Thanks to today’s guest author Fran Parker, a psychotherapist, executive performance coach, and expert in movement and non-verbal communication.
The Way You Walk Is the Way You Think
I’ve been following the research of Joe Verghese, MD, who is the recently-appointed head of Geriatrics at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.
Some of his research looks at patterns of walking to predict the onset of dementia. It turns out that people in their 70’s with observable alterations from normal gait are more likely to suffer from non-Alzheimer’s types of cognitive decline than those whose walking is normal.
This insight is extremely interesting to me. But probably not for the reasons that Dr. Verghese might imagine.
There are some things they just can’t teach you in school. You have to learn from experience.
The chiropractic education I got (from New York Chiropractic College in the late 1970’s) was thorough as far as it went. They couldn’t have crammed much more into those four years.
Of course we learned the distinction between acute and chronic conditions, studied many aspects of the aging process, and mastered a variety of manual therapy techniques so that we’d always have an appropriate option ready to use regardless of the age or health status of a patient.
But in the years since, as I’ve aged and the average age of my patients has increased, too, I’ve learned much more about the different ways a doctor of chiropractic has to care for individuals as they progress through their fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond.
Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned:
When it comes to strengthening your core to protect your low back from injury, you have a range of options. The variety of equipment available in your health club provides an even wider range of choices.
Just watch out for these three potential low back stressors.
Everyone wants to remain physically active, socially connected, and cognitively sharp throughout the final third of life.
More than ever before, people in their sixties, seventies and beyond are committing to regular exercise, and scientists are studying the specific ways exercise affects older adults.
My presentation on strength, balance and brain fitness was enthusiastically received at a recent meeting of the Mercer County Retired Educators Association. I presented highlights of current research to inspire participants to
- Increase their fitness
- Improve balance, and
- Stimulate their brain cells.
Here are some of the key topics that were covered:
My colleague Donna Fish is a social worker who specializes in eating disorders and helping parents foster healthy eating habits and healthy body attitudes in their children.
Her blog Real Food for Real Life is well worth a visit.
She’s graciously allowed me to republish one of her articles — Eat Like a Kid.
Just yesterday I was giving a talk at a New York City school, and the room was filled with caring parents who all wanted to make sure that they were doing their best to ensure that their children could have the best eating habits possible.
Based on the latest scientific knowledge about fibromyalgia and chronic pain, which I’ve covered in the first 2 parts of this article, and also based on my many years’ experience treating patients with chronic pain, I’ve developed key treatment recommendations for my patients with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and related conditions. I’ve summarized those self-care recommendations here in Part 3.
Of course, I don’t have information about the specifics of your condition, so don’t make decisions about your own health based only on what you’re reading here.
In the first part of this article, I began to summarize some of the main points of agreement about fibromyalgia that are emerging as a scientific consensus. You can catch up with the first part of the article here.
Here are some further important points about fibromyalgia:
There are a variety of patches, creams and gels available for those with back pain.
Do they work? Have you used any? Considering which ones might work for you?
Here is an outline of the seven different kinds of topical back pain relief products (six of them available without a prescription), their mode of action, and the likelihood that they could work for you.
Movement promotes the health of every aspect of your being, including
- your heart, lungs and cardiovascular system
- bone and muscle health
- endocrine balance
- mood and social relationships
- even the higher brain function of cognition
When it comes to thinking better and sharpening your memory, it turns out that the overall length of time you exercise isn’t critically important. How hard you work is.
The latest info comes from a research project undertaken at the School of Medical Sciences in Western Australia. Scientists there studied the relationship of exercise intensity to memory and other cognitive function in older adults.