“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”
Betty Friedan (1921-2006)
Tone Tellefsen Hughes, owner of Luck’s Yard Clinic and Chiropractor says:
“We love working with people of all ages at Luck’s Yard, but we feel very strongly about helping those over 60 to keep fit and strong.
One of the most common comments I used to get from patients 20 years ago was that their doctor had diagnosed osteoarthritis, they were told there was no treatment and they just had to learn to live with it.
Many people at that time also believed that they could not exercise as much as before because they were too old.
Luckily this attitude has now changed and it is great to see that nearly a third of our current client base is over 60, and even up to over 100.
I just love working with patients over 60 who are determined to stay strong and fit for as long as possible and many of those ask how they can keep doing more exercise or even try new forms of exercise. They want to keep travelling, look after their grandchildren and keep being active in all aspects of their lives.
We love this attitude at Luck’s Yard as so much of our treatment from all therapists is centred on prevention and maintenance of good health.
One of the reasons we created our Luck’s Yard App (https://www.lucksyardclinic.com/get-appy-with-lucks-yard/) with its large exercise library, is so that we can help our patients keep moving wherever they are, and in many different ways to suit them.
We often say that ‘motion is lotion’, which means that when we don’t move our bodies and joints, we allow them to become stiffer and less agile. But joints need to be moved for the joint fluid to be kept healthy and the cartilage to wear more evenly.
So our aim is to help our patients to be aligned, balanced and able to achieve their best fitness so they can keep on being active. We just love hearing how our advice has helped a patient take up a new sport or activity.
My role models are my Swedish parents who have kept up sports and activity into their 70’s and beyond. They are such an inspiration to me and therefore been able to do so much more and travel and see the world thanks to their fitness maintenance. So I and my children have great role models to follow.”
Here are some great tips from the Luck’s Yard therapists to help with healthy ageing:
Our Massage Therapist and yoga teacher, Cathy Taylor advises:
Keeping active as you age is fundamental to good physiological & mental health. Working gently with your body and listening with greater attentiveness is crucial to avoid injury. In Yoga we call this Ahimsa (non-harming).
Adapting your sport/exercise to what makes you feel truly alive & nourished, not exhausted & drained. I recommend:
- Yoga and Pilates
- Mindful walking in nature or perhaps a cold, a wild dip in open water (please acclimatise first and make sure you choose a safe place to swim and take a friend with you!)
- Whatever your ability, passion, energy levels, the key is to keep moving to slow the rusting process. It works!
Pippa Mitchell our Nutritional Therapist has written several blogs explaining the health benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Several studies show that the omega-3 fatty acids found marine fish are essential for brain health. Individuals who don’t get enough omega-3s in their diet face an increased risk of developing conditions such as dementia, depression and other neurological disorders.
Omega 3 fatty acids have multiple health benefits:
- They fight age-related cognitive decline due to dementia and help boost blood flow to regions of the brain important for learning, memory, depression and dementia
- They improve many risk factors for cardiovascular disease
- They are of benefit eye health
- For those suffering Rheumatoid Arthritis, omega 3 fatty acids reduce joint swelling and pain, duration of morning stiffness, pain and disease activity, and less need for anti-inflammatory drugs to control symptoms.
Omega 3 fatty acids are available from oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, herring, sardines to name a few.
Vegetarian sources include nuts, seeds and greens although these need to be converted into the body to the active compounds that show anti-inflammatory effects.
Omega 3 fats can be taken as a supplement but anyone on medication should check with their healthcare provider before taking.
Luck’s Yard podiatrist Yvette Mann reminds everyone to keep your feet safe, supportive and warm especially when out walking on uneven ground during your autumn and winter walks.
She advises that investing in a good pair of lace up ankle boots which are padded for warmth and to avoid Wellington boots which are less supportive. This will hopefully prevent tripping over and cold feet which may lead to painful chilblains which are definitely worth avoiding!
Frances Box, Reflexologist says that many elderly people avoid ‘hands on’ treatments because they do not like undressing. For those people it is worth remembering that Reflexology simply requires the shoes and socks to be taken off and is a lovely calming and relaxing treatment for the elderly promoting a feeling of relaxation and calm.
Our Acupuncturist Becky Hale says that according to Chinese Medicine pain is caused by a stagnation of ‘qi’, otherwise known as energy. Qi runs throughout the channels in the body and when it becomes blocked this can cause pain.
Acupuncture helps to break up the blockages and directly promote the smooth flow of qi. During her treatments Becky checks the pulse and tongue and takes her clients through a full consultation so she can build up an overall picture of what is going on in the body.
As you can see our Therapists at Luck’s Yard are well armed to help you age healthily and safely in many different ways and would be happy to help you be the best you can be!