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July 13, 2009


Baby boomers, that population of people born between 1946 and 1964, will start turning 65 about the time I graduate from PT school. A high percentage, 39% according to this morning's lecture, are obese (BMI >/= 30) compared to the national average of 21% of US adults. Interestingly, this population of people is also more active than their parents were. This combination sets people up for injury, also known as "boomeritis," a term coined by an orthopaedic surgeon.

"Boomeritis" are a class of sports-related injury in older amateur athletes characterized by bone and joint aches, pains, injuries, and ailments.

So what can massage therapists do to help with "boomeritis?" Lots, according to Massage Magazine. Balance fitness exercise with cross training and prepare properly for sporting events, including getting regular massage therapy.

“One thing to keep in mind is that when you are 50, you may injure your body more easily than when you were 20. Joints, tissues and muscles may not be as flexible as they used to be. So as boomers age, they should take extra steps to protect themselves from injuries when exercising.”

Staying active as we age is easier than most people think according to the American Association of Orthopaedic Sugeons. "No Pain, No Gain" is an outdated and dangerous maxim, especially for elders trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Of course, studies are not clear about its benefits, but a massage feels good to help work out DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).


Posted by linda at July 13, 2009 3:47 PM

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