As Australians are living longer, there needs to be a focus on improving the quality of life in the
golden years. It is not uncommon to experience aches and pains as you age but it is important to be
able to distinguish between natural changes from ageing and perhaps pain that is not natural and
can be prevented.

Our supporting tissues, spinal system included, lose thickness and elasticity, as we get older, and
become more vulnerable to day-to-day strains, and chronic and acute injuries. Lifestyle choices and
genetics can have a powerful impact on how well the body copes with ageing. It is never too late to
start enjoying the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Here are some ways to achieve a healthy, stronger body that can withstand old age:

Active ageing

A sedentary lifestyle can be harmful to your musculoskeletal health and overall well-being,
regardless of your age. Staying active with daily exercise can help maintain or increase flexibility and
mobility, stability and strength, and even modulate inflammation. Regular exercise also has a
profound impact on mental health. Exercises like walking and swimming are a great way to get
started, as they are low impact. To provide motivation and fun when exercising, join a group based
activity or get a friend involved and walk together.

Be mindful of your posture

Good posture is important at any age. It helps keep our body aligned and helps avoid excessive
strain on ligaments and muscles. It can help improve mobility, spinal health and quality of life.
Correct bad posture by avoiding slouching and hunching. Keep your spine in a neutral position and
avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Set an alarm on your phone, to help remind you to
stretch, move and take regular breaks.


Regular stretching can help maintain joint flexibility, improve stability and will help relieve stiff
muscles. It can also help with increasing range of motion but it is important to perform stretches
correctly. Consult a healthcare professional to gain a better understanding of how to perform
stretches correctly and to find out which stretches are best for you. Take extra care when doing
stretches that may require balancing (if you are having trouble with this) and be sure to modify
stretches to suit your ability level.

Consult healthcare professional

If you suffer from chronic pain, spinal health issues or need advice regarding exercise programs or
preventative measures; it is advisable to consult a chiropractor or other health care professional.

Keeping the Spine Healthy as you Age

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