We have all heard our parents and grandparents complain about “aging pains.” For many of us, we are now knocking on the same door of old age. Each day brings a new ache or pain. Here are the four most common aging pains and how to treat them.
1. Headaches: Headaches are a frequent pain for many individuals, regardless of age. However, many older individuals experience many headaches too. This could be due to stress and tension. Many older adults are worried about aging, finances, family issues, and medical issues. All of these stressful thoughts can add up to one big headache. The lack of exercise can also be the cause for more headaches.
If your headaches are frequent, it is best to see a doctor about them. They can be a sign of another serious health problem, such as hypertension, or problems with your vascular or circulatory system. If your headaches are found to be caused by tension, learn how to handle your stress and take a 20-minute walk each day.
2. Achy Joints: As we age, the cushion in our joints starts to deteriorate, making joints more prone to aches. You will start to feel it in your shoulders, knees, hands, hip, and feet the most. Achy joints can mean more than just old age for some. It can be a sign of arthritis or osteoarthritis. There are many treatments for achy joints including, low impact exercise, a healthy diet, physical therapy, and more.
3. Back Pain: After several decades of poor posture, lifting, bending, and more, back pain has finally caught up to you. The best way to treat back pain is with alternative therapies, such as chiropractic care. Chiropractic care can help relieve pain by correcting your spine’s alignment and posture. Regular wellness adjustments can also help with range of movement.
Another great thing to try to combat back pain is yoga or Pilates. Both will help you stretch and strengthen your core, which will in turn help you support your back.
4. Gastrointestinal Pain: Stomach and digestion issues can become more frequent as we age for a variety of different reasons. With age comes a slower metabolism and perhaps less physical activity. To keep your stomach pains at bay, eat a healthy diet that relies on fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Diets high in processed foods (i.e. anything that comes prepared in a box or can) can cause stomach issues, weight gain, and inflammation in the body.
Just because you are getting older does not mean that aches and pains have to be an every day occurrence. Seek out healthy alternatives to treating your pains early on.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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