Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass
It is a natural part of aging that also makes you aware of aging. At some point in our 30s, we begin to lose a percentage of our muscle mass each consecutive year. If you are a relatively active person, the loss may be low; if you are a generally inactive person, the loss can be as much as 3-5% This is alarming because it really starts to accelerate once you reach the age of 65.
Sarcopenia contributes to loss of independence
Sarcopenia is literally sucking our life force. When unadressed, it makes us frail; symptoms include less energy and stamina, general weakness and vulnerability for injury, and inability to perform normal tasks. From a chiropractor’s perspective, we are particularly concerned with the loss of muscle mass in muscles supporting the spine. Your spine is weakening with age as well, and it needs all the help it can get from the core stabilizing muscles to keep you upright and independent.
The best way to beat sarcopenia is to remain active
Chiropractic helps you do that by maintaining alignment of the spine and balance in the muscles of the body. Chiropractic adjustment restores spinal alignment, improves circulation and boosts range of motion. This allows you to focus on staying active to mitigate the loss of muscle mass as you age. We also help you account for the core stabilizing muscles; these muscles a crucial layer of support for a spine that also weakens with time. Chiropractic augments your body’s ability to heal and exercise- this is the best way to guarantee that you stay independent as you move forward in life. If you are interested in using chiropractic to fight back against sarcopenia, give our office in Houston a call to schedule an appointment today.