DH Osteopathy - Congleton
Harvard study, almost 80 years old, has proved that embracing community helps us live longer, and be happier
Second in an occasional series on how Harvard researchers are tackling the problematic issues of aging..
When scientists began tracking the health of 268 Harvard sophomores in 1938 during the Great Depression, they hoped the longitudinal study would reveal clues to leading healthy and happy lives.
They got more than they wanted.
When patients start to recover they often ask about exercise. Should I do yoga, swimming, pilates, Tai Chi, Zumba, cycling, gym? The list is endless and confusing because they have all been told that this is good but that is better and you shouldn’t do that by some expert in the local pub.
My view is this. If you are not in the habit of regular exercise but would like to do more then I suggest the following:
If you feel you have a more specific problem that needs advice regarding rehabilitation then speak to your osteopath about this. For example you may have arthritis in your knees and want some advice on the best ways to manage them.
This is by no means the answer to all questions regarding exercise but if there is one thing that consistently crops up regarding exercise it is that of choosing activity that you enjoy.
Ten tips to make your garden a pleasure not a pain:
A common consideration when people have back or neck problems, particularly when they wake with them, is “Perhaps I need a new bed/mattress/pillow.” Several hundred pounds later they may be no better off for the latest pocket sprung, turbo charged, water cooled, space age adjustment to their sleeping arrangements. I say may be because many people do feel better for changing some of these things. Frequently this is not the first thing I would advise looking into.
It is natural to think if you are waking with aches and pains that it may be something to do with your sleep, so logically your bed and pillows come under scrutiny. However, in my experience, there are other factors that more frequently disturb sleep quality and these involve looking at what is going on in your mind.
These are a few pointers but often when people have a look at the pattern of their lifestyle they can usually relate a change to it which coincides with the change in sleep quality.
If you have looked at lifestyle stuff and drawn a blank then maybe it is time to look at your bed / mattress / pillow combination.