Walk Easy! No More Aging bones and Weak Joints

Changes in posture or walking pattern are common with the onset of age. As one grows older, the muscles, joints and bones start to show some drastic changes leading to a number of chronic disorders which may impair improvement permanently if not treated.

Changes due to aging

Our body undergoes a significant amount of changes, as we grow older.

1. Loss of bone mass and low bone density are common in women after 45-50 years. Low mineral count can be the reason behind.
2. The torso becomes shorter as the vertebral column becomes thin and looses the fluid that connects each vertebra.
3. Spinal column becomes short, curved and compressed leading to a bent posture.
4. Bones of arms and legs becomes brittle and weak due to insufficient minerals in the body.
5. Fluids between joints decrease leading to the stiffness and rigidity of joints hence making it less flexible. Mineral deposits     may occur in joints (Calcification) and cartilages may wear with age.
6. Muscles become rigid due to the normal aging process.

Effects of these changes

The above-mentioned change in the body has some drastic effects on physical health.

1. Bones become weak, brittle and break upon littlest impact.
2. Joint pain, stiffness, inflammation and deformity are common in almost all elderly people. These can cause major arthritic        issues.
3. The posture becomes bent or stooped, and the knees become weak and pelvis widens.
4. Movement slows down quite a bit and walking pattern becomes slower with shorter steps.
5. Loss of muscle flexibility causes, less endurance as older people get tired easily and have less energy.

Related Disorders and Conditions

Weak bones and rigid muscles give rise to many conditions that are common in people above 50 years of age.

1. Osteoporosis is commonly found in women. Due to low bone density, they become susceptible to fractures and mobility is      highly reduced.
2. Joint pains and problems leads to major as well as minor arthritis or osteoarthritis. Arthritis is common in elderly people.
3. Instability of posture and loss of balance may lead to injury and falls.
4. Reduced reflexes, muscle contractions are common, due to the muscles being rigid.

Some common tips for treatment and prevention

1. The most common remedy to treat or to prevent weak bones, or joint pains is exercises. Even doctors now prefer       exercises over prescribed drugs. Moderate exercises everyday helps you maintain a healthy life and gives you core  strength, good balance and strong bones.
2. Eat a well balanced diet, with lots of minerals, especially calcium for the bones and green vegetables for the necessary  vitamins
3. Go for a regular checkup every month. Consult your physician before starting your exercise programs and ask him for        suggested diets.
4. Avoid stress at any costs. You can join therapy sessions for lessons on a stressful life. 
5. A Combination of daily exercises and a healthy diet is necessary for you to be active.