Mobility issues can make you feel helpless, but the good news is that there are many dexterity aids available to help you move around and get where you need to go. Two of the most common reasons for mobility loss are decreased muscle power and arthritis. If you are dealing with either of these issues, it is important to know why they are happening, but it is even more important to know what you can do about them.
Why People Lose Mobility
After about 30 years old, a gradual decrease in muscle mass and strength occurs. The term is sarcopenia, and the rate of loss ranges between 3% and 5% for every ten years you grow older. The average man loses roughly 30% of his muscle mass in his lifetime.
Because muscles work in groups, balance can become difficult with time. As people establish set routines, they strengthen some muscles and let others go. This means that new activities that call for balanced muscle support may become more difficult.
Arthritis, another mobility limiting complication, is also very common. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a miscalculation within the body’s immune system. The immune system attacks the synovial membrane or lining of the joint capsule which causes swelling and intense pain.
How We Can Help
First of all, we recommend you consult with your doctor to discuss what options may best suit your needs.
If your physician recommends strength training, we have a number of options. We carry several types of floor peddlers for working leg muscles. For the upper body, we have an overdoor pulley and therapist quality exercise bands in a wide range of thicknesses. All of our exercise equipment is affordable, low impact, and safe to use on your own.
Mitigating pain is important. Our professional quality heating pad is large and warm for when arthritic discomfort is not just confined to a small area. We know that walking can be an issue as well. That is why we carry compression socks to help reduce swelling and orthopedic shoe inserts for work or sports.
If you need to change how your home is set up so that you can get around better, we have that covered too. We carry a wide variety of walking aids, assistive furnishings, and bathroom safety products, and we deliver right to your door.
If you want to know more, give us a call, and we will see how we can help.
We wish you well!