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Posted on 10-15-2015
It is no longer necessary to accept the inevitable aches and pains associated with the aging process. Healthy individuals in their 40s, 50s, 60s and even 70s have found strength training can provide neck pain relief and increased strength for daily tasks. Most people begin to notice a decline in muscle tone in their early 40s. Ligaments also have a tendency to shorten and become less flexible with age. Changes in the body, coupled with a sedentary desk job and too many hours spent commuting back and forth to work can all work together to cause pain in the neck and shoulder area. Although one may be tempted to repeatedly reach for pain medication, a more healthy and permanent solution may be found in strength training.
Ask Your Doctor About Strength Training
Individuals can speak with their chiropractor or physician to determine if they are a good candidate for strength training. Some individuals are healthy enough to start a program with a qualified personal trainer. Others may need more professional help and could greatly benefit from a program designed by a qualified physical therapist.
Aches and pains may disappear with strength training
Over time, a consistent program of stretching, isometric exercises and strength training exercises designed to combat weakness in the neck and shoulder area can help greatly alleviate neck pain and stiffness. As muscles regain their strength and begin to provide the proper support as they were designed to do, many patients will find those "inevitable" aches and pains disappearing. It can be quite empowering when a middle-aged person begins to look and feel better after regaining muscle tone and strength that they thought were gone forever. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle as one ages does require a bit more time and attention, but the extra effort is well worth it. For more information on how to find relief for neck pain, please contact us.
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