What happens to flexibility as we age?

One of the first signs of ageing that people tend to notice is when they start to lose flexibility.

There's a good reason we start feeling like the memory of ever being able to reach our toes without bending our knees fades more and more each year...

As the body ages, it loses a component called elastin which is there to help maintain ease of movement. Eventually, tissue in the body becomes dehydrated and calcium deposits, especially in the joints, impact range of motion.

The problem with loss of flexibility is not only that our normal daily tasks require more effort, but that the risk of musculoskeletal injuries increases.

So what can be done about it?

  • Incorporate a stretching program into your daily routine
  • Get a regular remedial massage
  • Try to maintain good posture
  • Make sure you drink plenty of water
  • Avoid a sedentary lifestyle as much as possible

We can help - if your'e noticing that simple tasks like putting on your socks, reaching above your head to get something off the top shelf, or getting in and out of the car are getting a bit more physically demanding, don't just put up with it, give us a call on 02 9971 8110.