What we’ll cover
  1. How does grip strength correlate with to life expectancy?
  2. How do you measure grip strength?
  3. How do I improve my grip strength?

Grip strength has been shown to be an incredibly accurate indicator of health and future health. Recently, a number of studies have shown that a weak grip correlates with a number of chronic conditions including osteoporosis, arthritis and cardiovascular disease.

Of course, a strong grip and good endurance is essential for many day to day tasks. For example, carrying the groceries from your car to inside, turning a screw driver whilst doing DIY work or holding a tennis racket for several sets.

How does grip strength correlate with to life expectancy?

Hand grip strength has been shown to be an incredibly accurate biomarker for current and future health. Recent studies have shown a strong correlation between grip strength and the ability to predict or anticipate future muscle strength, muscle mass, bone density and function. Interestingly, this has been shown as an accurate predictor for both males and females across all ages.

For those over 65, grip strength is an accurate predictor for a decline in both physical and mental function. A weak grip has been linked to reduced bran function, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and an increased likelihood of falling. In fact, a recently study over 140 000 older adults over four years found that reduced grip was related to higher likelihood of heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular disease and even death.

Grip strength and measuring grip strength is an indicator of how much physical activity and exercise that you do. Whilst grip strength can decrease the older we get, weak grip is a likely indicator insufficient exercise and physical activity.

How do you measure grip strength?

Grip strength can be measured using a dynamometer. This is a specific device that can measure the maximum amount of force that you exert. Our team at ME Physio are able to track and measure your grip strength. Whilst there is going to be a difference between your dominant and non-dominant side, we’re able to average these out and compare this to the normals for your age and gender.

How do I improve my grip strength?

Improving your grip strength is as simple as gradually and safely increasing your overall physical activity.

Increasing your grip strength isn’t about just squeezing or grabbing a resistance ball. In fact, one of the best ways to improve your grip strength is by doing resistance training. Holding weights or resistance equipment such as bands, dumbbell or barbells, will increase your grip strength. For example, doing a bicep curl, deadlift or a farmer’s carry will challenge your grip. Body weight exercises such as a chin up or or just holding and hanging your weight from the bar will also improve your grip strength and endurance.

If you are not sure where to start with your exercise program, our expert team of physiotherapists are well placed to provide an individualised and tailored program or your needs. Book an appointment online or call our friendly team today.

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Last week we were fortunate enough to head back to uni and refresh our anatomy knowledge at @latrobeuni in the anatomy labs. 

Thank you to the Latrobe School of Physiotherapy for inviting us! Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone.

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