Dr. James C. Spaulding

Chiropractor - Edinboro, Pa.

Instrument Adjusting Certified
106 Waterford Street • Edinboro Pa 16412 • Send E-Mail
Phone: (814) 734-3422
Pain, Pain, Go Away
"Life is pain. If you love life, learn to love your pain"

I love this quote because it is something all baby boomers can relate to. I just wish I could remember who said it.

We can no more avoid pain in this life than we can aging. If you have no aches and pains, you are either a lot younger than I am, or you probably haven’t lived life. I won’t say that I don’t look forward to a time of no pain (and no tears) someday, but I’m not ready to leave this earthly life quite yet.

So, I’ll just “suck it up” for the time being, and be happy to try a natural cure for my pain (if one comes along that doesn’t sound too hokey.) But here’s the thing – and guys see if this isn’t your experience as well – flaxseed oil seems to work for my wife’s wrist (substitute your body part here) pain, but not so much for mine. I just don’t seem to have much luck with shark cartilage either.

Maybe I’m too impatient (is that laughter I’m hearing coming from my family room?) Maybe, I’m just a poor pill taker like my wife says (there is a voice is in my head at this moment…and it’s asking me if I took my flaxseed oil this morning. It sounds suspiciously like my wife!)

Much of the pain we experience is related to inflammation, so it makes sense that reducing chronic inflammation might decrease the severity of all kinds of bodily pain. Chronic inflammation, it turns out is part of what I call the Vicious Cycle of Aging.

The Vicious Cycle of Aging

As it turns out, diet and regular exercise are the key factors in breaking the Cycle, including chronic inflammation and its Vicious cohorts.

Let’s briefly talk about these two important key factors. By diet I means what we consciously ingest, and what we avoid ingesting. What should we avoid?

  • Sugar (highly inflammatory to your system)
  • Refined carbohydrates (including bread, pasta, and starchy vegetables)
  • Foods cooked at high temperatures (eg. deep-fried stuff)
  • Dairy products (for many of us)
  • Diet drinks

What should we consciously try to ingest?

  • Raw or steamed vegetables
  • Gluten-free products
  • Daily anti-oxidant supplements

By regular exercise I mean both an aerobic-type exercise, and a strengthening-type exercise. This does not have to take a lot of time, but it does need to be regular (3-4 times per week) and consistent. The older we get the more crucial regular exercise becomes.

An aerobic exercise routine will strengthen the heart and vascular system, building stamina. I do interval sprints on a stationary bike, 2 days a week, to fulfill this portion of the needed exercise.

A muscle-strengthening routine will preserve and build lean muscle mass. I do weight resistance work-outs twice weekly as well.

This takes all of 15-20 minutes on each of the four days, and both, along with an anti-inflammatory diet will help to “break” the Vicious Cycle of Aging.

Dr. Jim Spaulding is a full-time practicing chiropractor of 37 years. He has written numerous articles on the subject of diet and exercise.

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