Mobility and Aging
As I watch my 3 year old and 10 month old boys grow, I am astonished as to how mobile, strong, and agile they are. They can move their bodies with such quickness and most importantly, they don't put any thought into it. They just MOVE! The crazy thing about that is that at one point, I use to be able to move like that. We were all able to move like that. Those of you with children or grand children, just watch how they play. It's awesome, and I'm jealous!
But what happens as we age? The truth is, we simply stop moving. In fact, losing the ability to move and control our bodies has very little to do with aging. Yes, as we age things do slow down, we metabolize things differently, and our tissues are not as hydrated as when we were younger. But, our ability to deep squat or lift our knee high has everything to do whether we continued utilize that movement or not.
Due to how our society is structured, we have strayed very far from how we were originally intended to live as humans. Our bodies were designed with the intent of keeping us in constant movement. Now we are more comfortable We don't have to hunt or gather our food, and many of us have jobs that require us to sit at a desk, or be in one position all day. Then we wonder why our neck and shoulders are always so tight or why I can't reach down and touch our toes. More importantly, as we get older we lose the ability to move efficiently.
I have had many clients express to me how they don't want to end up on crutches or a walker walking hunched over. Some of my younger clients have expressed to me that they don't want the problems they see their parents and grandparents have. My response to that is to begin with maintaining the ranges of motions you do have.
How do we do that? We do that by expressing our full ranges of motion on a daily basis. When clients come to me and are interested in mobility work, I introduce to them Controlled Articular Rotations (CARs). CAR's is a method where we purposefully move our joints from head to toes in all of its ranges (read my previous blog to learn more about the physiology of how it helps). For example, your spine should be able to flex, extend, rotate, and bend to the side. So I'll show my clients how to include all of those movements and a rotational manner. And we do that to every joint.
Science tells us that as long as we keep utilizing our ranges of motion, we will be able to keep those ranges of motion. It is very possible to age way into our 70's and 80's and still move the way you do today. In fact, it is possible to restore our lost mobility and move BETTER then we use to as we age (that's a topic we will address soon).
If you are interested in learning more about this don't hesitate to contact me. I would love to spend time with you and show you a great mobility routine that will take you no more than 10 minutes a day! This routine will ensure the health of your joints, and keep you mobile as you continue to age.
Remember, your 80 year old self is depending on what you are doing today!