It turns out that ballroom dancing improves fitness levels and is mentally stimulating.
In a recent research study published in Experimental Gerontology, December 2018, 30 sedentary women over age 65 who danced for an hour three times a week experienced similar improvements with respect to aerobic fitness, lower body muscle strength, and static balance as those who walked three hours a week.
Likewise, seniors who engaged in ballroom dancing reduced the risk of dementia by 76%.
Dances like foxtrot, waltz and swing require constant split-second, rapid fire decision making which is the key to maintaining intelligence because it forces the brain to act.
Dancing can be performed in many ways. There are many classes one may take ranging from community college lessons to group and private instruction. Also, a search of the internet in your area will most likely reveal a variety of dances one can attend as a single person or a couple.
If dancing often is too physically challenging one can dance less often and mix in other less rigorous exercises like walking, yoga and water aerobics.
The key is to keep moving and engage the mind in stimulating activities.
People suffering with neck pain can be helped with chiropractic care and exercises. Most people know that chiropractors can help patients suffering with neck pain. Many might be surprised to know that chiropractic care has been helping neck pain sufferers for over 125 years.
When treating people with neck discomfort a chiropractor will check the bones of the spine, called cervical vertebrae, to see if there are misalignments or improperly moving joints. The doctor of chiropractic can then perform gentle spinal adjustments to correct these physical abnormalities.
Additionally, a chiropractor will evaluate the patient’s posture and check for possible loss of flexibility and weakness of the muscles of the upper body.
Many of us, due to prolonged and ongoing sitting which may date back to early childhood, have poor posture. Most people’s posture show forward slumping heads and shoulders Because this posture has become chronic the muscles in the front of the body, especially the neck and chest, become tight and inflexible. These muscles need to be stretched properly and regularly. The muscles in the back of the upper body tend to become weak. These would include the muscles in the back of the neck and in the lower shoulder blade area. These muscles need to be gently strengthened.
The strengthening and stretching exercises performed only take a few minutes and do not need any equipment. The patient can be trained to perform the exercises at home.
When the combination of safe, gentle, effective chiropractic care and specific exercises are utilized for patients suffering from neck pain most will achieve relief of their discomfort and avoid having to take potentially harmful pain medications or undergo risky surgery.
Many people experience pain in their hip and pelvic sacroiliac joint areas that are helped with chiropractic treatment.
The hip joint is a common source of pain. Likewise, a joint in the buttock area, called the sacroiliac joint can cause discomfort. The sacroiliac joint is in the posterior pelvic area on both sides of the body. These joints are related and must be evaluated together when hoping to achieve relief of pain.
The hip joint is a ball and socket joint and is the largest joint of the body. Like the shoulder and thumb it is one of only three joints in the body that moves in all directions.
The sacroiliac joints are gliding joints in the pelvis and move gently back and forth when we are walking.
Sometimes the sacroiliac joints can become misaligned or move improperly. This can result in pain in the buttock area. If the pelvis is misaligned or moves improperly it can affect one or both hip joints and cause them to be irritated also.
Chiropractors are doctors who look at patient’s physical structure. A chiropractor can evaluate a patient’s sacroiliac joints for misalignment or abnormal movement and determine if this is also causing irritation to one or both hip joints.
If there is a structural problem in the pelvic sacroiliac joints and hip joints a chiropractor will give what are called “adjustments” to correct the abnormality. Chiropractic adjustments are safe, gentle and effective. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to perform adjustments by hand or by utilizing specialized treatment tables that patient’s lie on or by using an instrument.
Chiropractic care has been helping patients with hip and a pelvic sacroiliac joint problems for over 125 years without the use of potentially harmful pain medications or invasive surgery.
Many people with sleep disorders are regularly helped with chiropractic care. Most people know that chiropractic care can help with neck or back pain. But many may be surprised to find that chiropractors have been helping people to get better sleep for over 125 years.
A large portion of the population have problems initiating sleep, maintaining sleep, early awakening and lack restorative sleep. Not only does this leave a person exhausted and have less than abundant energy but it can affect relationships and possibly create danger if that person is driving a car or caring for children.
Research also shows that poor sleep can also lead to chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain. A study in the scientific journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, November 2018 found over the course of an 18-year study, participants who developed problems with sleep had almost double the risk for developing chronic widespread pain.
Chiropractic care evaluates a person to see if neck or back pain or discomfort of other areas of the body can be helped naturally. A doctor of chiropractic will evaluate the patient’s spinal vertebrae for misalignment or improper movement. If an abnormality is found the chiropractor can utilize safe, gentle, effective chiropractic adjustments to correct the misalignment/movement problem helping to reduce or eliminate pain.
Once patient’s discomfort and pain levels are reduced they find it easier to relax and reach a normal level of calming. It is common for these people to achieve much better sleep. They can fall asleep easily and maintain their sleep through normal hours of the night and awaken refreshed and restored.