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Posts for: January, 2017

By Dr. Doug Williams
January 17, 2017
Category: Frailty

We are on the backside of a series on Frailty, the study of how the systems of the body work together and what happens when they stop. In addition (and more importantly) - how you can slow, stop and, in some cases, reverse these changes to live your life as long and full as possible.

This week we are going to be talking about the Musculoskeletal System, one of my favorites! You might suppose I like it so much, because it forms the bread and butter of my livelihood as a chiropractor, and you wouldn't be totally wrong! However, the real reason I like it so much is that this system out of all of them reacts the quickest and with amazing changes, with just a little bit of stimulus, a little bit goes a long way!

This system is made up of the frame work (bones and joints) and the engine that moves them (muscles). It is the "hardware" to the Nervous Systems "software," which we will talk about next week.

Sarcopenia: The Technical Term for Age-Related Muscle Loss

About now, you are probably trying to figure out why there is a picture of old cigarette butts in a tree stump as a caption for this section. Well, I am going to tell you: The best example of age-related muscle loss I can think of is when older men lose their bottom muscles. Their waist might continue to expand, but their pants get saggy in the rear! Do you know how hard it is to find a picture of an older man's pants on the copyright-free picture websites? You can't! The closest I came was when I typed in "Old Butts" and this picture came up. So, the next time you see an older guy (or gal) with saggy pants or some cigarette butts, think about age-related muscle loss or sarcopenia!

There are a number of reasons why we lose muscle as we age:
  • Hormonal (sex hormone levels drop)
  • Inflammation 
  • Neurological (stimulus to the muscles decrease)
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Decreased Activity Levels
Declining muscle mass has been associated with a number of different health and disease states, most notably, diabetes, fall risk and weak fragile bones. In addition, diabetes is associated with a multitude of other issues including issues of inflammation (heart disease, neurological conditions). From a more practical standpoint, strong muscles allow you to do more of what you want for longer!
 
 
It All Comes Down To The Glutes!

In recent years, a simple test has been developed to determine how long someone will live: The Sitting Rising Test. Click the link to not only see it demonstrated, but to get some great background on why it is so important and some easy to do exercises to improve your test score. Basically, the Sitting Rising Test identifies how easy it is for you to get off the ground and correlates that to how long you will live - kind of scary! The main muscle that drives you up off the ground are your glute muscles, otherwise known as your bottom-behind-butt-derriere, you get the idea! We actually did a whole blog series, not only on the Sitting Rising Test, but also on how to begin to engage the glute muscles to improve your outcome on this test. If you are serious about getting stronger, this is the place to start. If your base isn't strong, everything else is going to perform poorly as well! You can check out the series called Get Your Butt Off The Ground here.

There are so many things in life that you can't control: genetics, accidents and, to some degree, stress. But one thing you can control is how often and how intensely you activate muscles and which ones. If the only muscle you have been activating lately is your bicep when bringing your fork to your mouth, try something new and get working on your backside!  Along the way, you might find that you feel better, move better, reduce your risks of falls, improve your blood sugar levels and maybe flat out live longer!

Next week, we are going to be talking about the software that runs your hardware: the Nerve System!

Until Then,

Doug Williams, D.C.
Care Chiropractic
Lafayette, Indiana

By Dr. Doug Williams
January 11, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to 2017!  I hope you all had a great Holiday Season! We are committed to bringing you a lot of useful and easy to implement information over the next twelve months to make this  your best year yet. This week’s blog is going to be short and sweet, and get us started out on the right foot.  We are going to cover two things:

  • Our New User-Friendly Blog Site and Email Address
  • Recap and Road Map of the Current Series on Frailty

New User Friendly Blog Site and Email Address

We are excited to begin using our new blog site! In March of 2016, we launched a weekly email/blog campaign to our clients and their families. We did this to provide educational material about chiropractic and whole body health that was difficult to convey in a short office visit. Topics ranged from Alzhiemer’s to zinc deficiencies, and everything in between.

Initially, emails were mailed to you from [email protected]. These will now be coming to your inbox from [email protected] – make sure you don’t miss them!

*If you haven’t been receiving our emails, check your spam folder! Add our email address your contact list so you can keep up to date with our newsletters.

Our new email is linked to the stand alone blog site: www.dougwilliamsdc.com. Originally, after you received your weekly email, the content was published on our office website under the blog, but you had to poke around to find it. In addition, searching the posts was cumbersome. When you go to the new site, you land directly on the blog. In addition, if you send a loved one there for an article, they can sign up directly for the weekly email. It is an easier format to search for topics that we may have covered in the past. Finally, we are working on grouping similar topics together to create FREE E-BOOKS! Keep your eyes out for that in the near future!

As much as I would like to take credit for pulling all of this technical stuff together, I can’t! It is about all I can do to get the content down. The continued forward progress of our communication efforts can directly be attributed to Emily Duke! Emily worked in our office for several years until last May, when she and her husband Tommy (and their yet-to-be born son) moved to Texas. Well, the three of them (yes, the baby finally came last summer) have settled into a comfortable family life, but through the magic of the internet, Emily continues to help me get this material out on a regular basis. Thanks Emily!

Frailty: The Building Blocks of Life

The current series we have been on is exploring the concept of Frailty. From a research perspective, Frailty looks at how a number of different systems in our bodies are connected. More specifically, if one system starts to decline, you can often times manage. But when a number of systems begin to decline together, even though no single one severely, the whole system crashes!

That last point is really the intersection of life and death. Most of us aren’t surprised when someone dies in a car accident or from cancer. But how many times have you heard someone say “They seemed so healthy” after hearing of another’s passing?

People don’t live forever here on earth. The Reaper catches us all. But how we live, and ultimately how we die, can be influenced by the things we do in life. Follow a healthy lifestyle, live longer and potentially less painfully all the way to the end.

The study of Frailty helps explore the different building blocks of health:

  • Inflammatory
  • Endocrine (Hormonal)

  • Skeletal

  • Neurological

The hope is that the better you understand how these systems work together in health, and fail to work together in disease, you can implement strategies to maintain and heal them over the course of a lifetime!

So far, we have covered Inflammatory and Endocrine. You can check out the previous posts on these topics here.

Over the next two weeks, we will get into the parts that chiropractors absolutely love: Skeletal and Neurological!

At the outset, I indicated to our readers that this was some pretty deep and involved material, but that if you process it and integrate it into your life, you won’t be sorry!

Happy New Year to You and Your Loved Ones!

Doug Williams, D.C.
Care Chiropractic
Lafayette, Indiana