Did you know that the death rates in Australia are amongst the fastest falling in the world? This is according to new figures that came out last month and were published in The Lancet. Now, I must say that as a chiropractor I am thrilled that Australians are becoming healthier, and not just compared to, say, Russia or women in Britain. And, I have to add that I’m not at all surprised by these new statistics about Aussies because lately I find that more and more 60+ year old individuals are coming into my chiropractic clinic for treatment.
But, as with most “good news,” it is accompanied by “bad news.” Why? Well, longevity is only a good thing if we take care of our health along the way, wouldn’t you say? Life, it would seem to me at least, is more about quality than quantity. And, just from a musculoskeletal point of view, there are changes that individuals need to make early on to avoid age-related problems such as arthritis.
Arthritic changes happen as the body ages. Living longer means that, over time, wear of certain joints as the result of misalignment, repetitive stresses, poor gait, bad posture, and lack of healthy activity can add up to a future that feels painfully long. Along with causing arthritic changes in the spine and escalating pain, misaligned vertebra can also weaken the body’s resistance and immunity.
So, if you’re an Australian, it’s all the more important for you to get regular chiropractic care early in life since you’re likely to live to a ripe old age. And, the good news (with no apparent bad news) is that if you’ve waited until your senior years to seek chiropractic care, recent studies done on older individuals confirmed that those who received regular chiropractic care stayed healthier.
So, good on you, Australia! Here’s to your health…and your pain-free longevity!