What is sarcopenia?
Sarcopenia is a widespread but little known phenomenon. It is actually a condition characterized by a decrease in muscle quality, strength and muscle mass related to aging. Around the age of 30, our body begins to destroy the proteins that make up our muscles more quickly than to form them. This results in a gradual loss of muscle with age and can lead to several adverse health effects if nothing is done to curb the condition.
Fortunately, there are possible interventions to prevent, reduce and even reverse the effects of sarcopenia.
Follow-up of a nutrition program in cases of deficiencies (in proteins and/or carbohydrates), as well as follow-up in physiotherapy are good tools.
However, the intervention that seems most effective at this time is physical activity and, more specifically, following a resistance-based exercise program offered by your kinesiologist. Indeed, several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of a resistance program in terms of increasing strength and muscle mass, even in elderly people with sarcopenia.
For chiropractic, during the anamnesis of the chiropractor, the latter will ask a range of questions that will allow him to recognize the presence of risk factors for sarcopenia. Using his physical exam, he can then confirm the presence of this condition. Thereafter, he will be able to give specific advice to limit the progression or the impacts of it. Exercise being one of the best remedies for this condition, the chiropractor will be able to help you move better through his approach aimed at rehabilitation and optimization of the nervous system.
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