The Benefits of Stretching

May 10 2016

The Benefits of Stretching

For a lot of older adults, maintaining mobility can be difficult. Muscles and joints weaken and range of movement deteriorates as we age. Stretching helps develop and maintain strength, improves flexibility, and increases circulation and blood flow, providing a greater quality of life.

The causes of lower back pain in older adults is commonly a result of osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is caused by the gradual degeneration of cartilage between the facet joints. Typically the resulting pain in the low back comes and goes but over time osteoarthritis may eventually cause sciatica. Along with Osteoarthritis of the low back, arthritis typically develops in the hips, knees, neck, fingers, and toes. Osteoarthritis affects 33.6% (12.4 million) of adults 65 and older.

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