Column Impact of Back Pain and Arthritis on Healthy Life Expectancy
February 28, 2023
This month’s article is about “healthy life expectancy,” the period during which a person can live without health problems limiting his or her daily life.
We know that chronic diseases are prevalent in modern times.
Among such diseases, new data on the impact of back pain and joint pain on healthy life expectancy has come to light recently.
The results showed that muscles, ligaments, and joint pain can have a significant impact on healthy life expectancy.
While according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the average life expectancy for men and women in Japan is 81.4 years and 87.4 years respectively, the average healthy life expectancy is only 72.6 years for men and 75.3 years for women, thus showing a discrepancy of nearly 10 years between the average life expectancy and healthy life expectancy.
This means that, on average, people spend 10 years of their lives with limitations imposed on their daily lives.
That is why exercise is highly recommended to increase healthy life expectancy.
Exercise should not be strenuous and should allow one to chat with others without getting out of breath.
Exercise has been shown to play a significant role in increasing life expectancy and muscle strength, and in preventing the onset and aggravation of a variety of pathological conditions such as aging, bone fractures, lowering of cognitive functions, peripheral artery disease, prevention of bad falls, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and glucose metabolism.
Walking is widely recognized as an exercise that anyone can do anytime, anywhere, but the world is full of other types of exercises and gymnastics apart from walking.
Even if a type of exercise has been found to improve someone’s pain, it does not necessarily mean that it is the right exercise for you.
Please try various types of exercises by yourself and choose the ones that are the most adapted to your body.
Stretching after exercising is also an important part of self-care.
And if you have any concerns, the safest thing to do is to consult a specialist the next time you go to a hospital or rehabilitation center.
Taking care of yourself at an early stage will lead to a longer and healthier life.
So, start taking care of yourself today and as much as possible.
ILC International Low Back Pain Clinic Tokyo