When it comes to healthy habits, we typically think more is better. And that’s often true, with the exception that I don’t know many people who are eating too many vegetables. But it is possible to overdo it on exercise or other healthy, but physically demanding activities, such as gardening or hiking. The good news is that your body will usually tell you when you’ve overdone it. The bad news is that many people ignore these signs, which can create a vicious cycle that makes your health worse.
According to research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, many older adults who are otherwise healthy and active suffer from the same ailment: back pain. While exercising and being generally physically active are good habits, you can’t keep powering through if your back is telling you to slow down. The researchers found that nearly half of the older adults they studied were getting this warning sign from their bodies. And it was starting to take a toll: Their back pain was linked to a decreased ability to exercise, which then leads to cardiovascular decreased fitness, rapid aging, and even disease.
Back pain doesn’t mean that you have to hang up your tennis racket for good. But it does mean you need to investigate and treat it. And no, I don’t mean by popping an over-the-counter pain reliever every time you feel a twinge. That will just cover up the pain and do far more damage in the long run.
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Instead, you can treat back pain effectively with Prolozone Therapy. I’ve seen countless older adults find relief through this treatment. It works by combining neural therapy, a technique that involves injecting a local anesthetic called procaine into certain painful areas, with ozone therapy, which takes away pain and regenerates damaged tissue. Together, these two therapies are incredibly effective at treating even extreme chronic pain.
If you’re generally active, your back pain probably isn’t that bad. But you want to heal it before you reach that stage so you can get back to your favorite activities rather than being forced to give them up forever. You can find a Prolozone Therapy practitioner near you by visiting the American Academy of Ozonotherapy’s website at aaot.site-ym.com. And consider discussing your exercise routine with a physical therapist to make sure you’re not trying to get too much of a good thing.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD