Greetings! I hope you are all enjoying the Indian Days of Summer! I am excited to share the following story with you as it's truly the reason I love coming to "work" each and everyday!
I recently had a youthful 74 year old woman walk into our clinic, worried about the possibility of back surgery. She had some back pain, but her greater concern was the weakness in her legs. She was worried about falling. She felt like her knees were giving out and thought this was coming from her back.
During our examination her back didn't seem to be causing her weakness at all! I measured her leg strength and she was extremely weak. She could only push 20 pounds on one of her legs and 40 on the other. She looked puzzled when I told her I thought it could just be that she was getting weaker and needed to work on her leg strength.
Studies have shown (most of us may not realize) when we reach 65 years old we lose about 1.5% of our strength annually. We actually begin losing our strength at 1% beginning at the age of 30. Over time, my patient had lost too much strength. She started noticing the weakness when she tried walking downstairs and her legs almost gave out.
The good news, she got on an exercise program and can now leg press 100 pounds on each leg. She is still working on her strength, as her goal is her body weight of 125 pounds. She had never been one to exercise and was always intimidated with the thought of going to a place to "workout". However, she is so excited with her new found energy, strength and less physically straining life. As of last week, she is still enjoying her weekly visits and exercising on her own! She truly believes she has been given a new lease on life! She thinks her strength has helped her be more engaging with her kids and grandchildren. She feels younger at 74 years old than she did at 64 years old as she thinks she had been struggling more than she originally cared to admit to herself.
It is because of people like this that I have loved my career for over 33 years. I love seeing people regain their zest for life! If you are finding life a bit more difficult because of weakness or discomfort, please come in and let us examine you and try to help you regain YOUR zest for life!