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Living to 90 and Beyond

Living to 90 and Beyond

Below is a research case study of a man who was healthier at 85 years old than he was in his 70’s after receiving Chiropractic care!  Also there are excerpts from a great book by Dr. Giff title 90+ How I Got There.  Read, be inspired, and do something to get yourself to 90 and beyond.

Below is a case study of a gentleman that is healthier at 85 than he was in his 70’s after commiting to Chiropractic care.  He was able to walk and move with much greater coordination and ease.  He was also able to reduce much of his medication (of which he was taking 17 medications per day in his 70’s!).  Fortunately, this man found Chiropractic and is able to live well.  I hope that you can find Chiropractic before you turn 70 so that you can live to 90 and beyond well! – Here to help in Mississauga – Dr. Callum Peever

Improved Gait, Balance and Coordination in an 85-year-old Male Undergoing Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Study

 

“Over the course of eight years and 250 [Chiropractic] adjustments the patient’s medical physicians told the patient that he was healthier while under chiropractic care. The patient experienced improvement in gait, balance stability, coordination, posture and reported an increase in strength in the lower extremities. He was now able to get himself in and out of a chair. In addition, the patient was able to reduce the amount of prescription and over the counter medication during this time.”

-the elderly patient was adjusted with both activator chiropractic adjustments as well as manual adjustments reverred to as diversified adjustments.

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Bad Balance Associated with Brain Damage and Decline

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Changing Your Running Gait Chiropractor’s Perspective

A chiropractic patient of mine in Mississauga knows that I love to run and work with runners so she often brings me in great running articles from the newspaper to read.  She recently brought one in to my Chiropractic office during one of her appointments titled, “Learn to change your gait”.  It was great to see that the article highlighted information from one of my Chiropractic colleagues from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto – Dr. Kris Sheppard.  The article highlighted 4 tips to change your running gait and I have added my thoughts from a sports Chiropractic perspective.

The tips  to change your running gait were:

1. “Have someone film you run. See if your feet roll in or out and where they land relative to your mid-line”

This is easily done now with a treadmill and a friend with a smart phone.  Look for symmetry in your running gait at both your feet, knees, legs, hips, and arms.  It is quite easy to spot a poor running gait that can lead to a running injury if you take the time to look.  Also pay attention to how hard your feet hit the ground, and how they hit the ground – which another Globe and Mail article titled, “Watch how your foot lands while running,” discussed.

A Chiropractic exam is another great way to see how your body moves and functions.  When I analyse patients through Chiropractic tests I am able to see how their body mechanics are moving and where they are restricted.  The restricted biomechanics that are impacting the body’s function are called a vertebral subluxation, and can be a reason why a person has a particular running gait.

2. “As you run, pick your foot up above your opposite ankle every time you bring your leg forward. Pick up your knees, as if you are marching. The faster you are running, the higher the march”

I constantly play with different gait games such as the one mentioned above.  The one I enjoy the most is moving my head slightly forward to its position during my usual running gait.  This changes the mechanics of my running to the point that the joints and muscles are loaded and used differently.

3. “Try this drill: briefly run with your hands on your head, then bring your arms down and quickly pump them and then run normally.  Your running gait will improve as your upper body form improves.”

Don’t only focus on your feet and legs during your running.  It is important to change your focus regularly to ensure that your running gait is effective from head to toe.  As is mentioned in point 3, your upper body motion greatly impacts how well you will run – don’t ignore it.

4. “Avoid injuries by phasing in your new running style slowly. Start by attempting your new gait for the first 30 seconds of every five- minute chunk of running.”

Definitely don’t try something new and overdo it.  Your body has an amazing ability to adapt thanks to the nervous system, but it needs time to learn and re-wire.  The structures need time to adapt to the new challenges as well.  And in order to avoid running injuries, you have to listen and respect your body!

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