Benefits of Chiropractic for Elderly Patients
The aging process can usher in a variety of conditions and health issues that are confined mostly to the elderly. Chronic pain, arthritis, loss of mobility, and other issues can occur as a person gets older, but senior citizens are finding that chiropractic for elderly patients provides some great benefits to improving these conditions.
Chiropractic Can Provide Better Range of Motion
Regular chiropractic treatment has been shown to increase spinal range of motion as well as better mobility in the extremities. Limited range of motion can occur due to age or inactivity – sometimes a combination of the two.
Having the ability to move easier, without pain or restriction, allows seniors to more actively engage in their day to day life. They can get on their hands and knees to work in the garden, bend down to pick up grandchildren, and improve leisure activities like golfing and walking. Increased range of motion is one of the best benefits of receiving chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractic Can Decrease Joint Degeneration
When the spine is misaligned it can lead to other parts of the body becoming misaligned as well. This can lead to unusual and unnatural wearing of the joints. Over time, the joints can become worn down, painful, and cause difficulty in mobility and flexibility.
Regular chiropractic adjustments are a very effective treatment for decreasing decay of the spine and other joints. When the body is in proper alignment it no longer has to adapt through postural compensation. This reduces stress on the spine and joints while relieving pain and restoring mobility.
Chiropractic Provides Pain Relief
Chiropractic has long been recognized for its effectiveness in providing drug free pain relief for everything from back pain to headaches to arthritis. While pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs only suppress the symptoms, chiropractic care addresses the root of the problem.
Spinal manipulation and other chiropractic techniques help to relieve pain for a variety of issues, not just back and neck pain. What’s more, chiropractic does not have the undesirable, sometimes dangerous side effects that drugs can. It is a safe and effective way to improve elderly patients quality of life.
Chiropractic Produces Overall Better Health and Wellbeing
Proper spinal alignment can greatly benefit the health, wellbeing, and even mood of older adults It allows them to become more active so they get exercise, sleep better, and have more energy. An aligned spine also allows them to more fully engage with their family, friends, and the world around them. They can get out and do things they were once unable to do. When they are active they are happier and the entire body benefits.
Chiropractic Improves Coordination and Balance
The aging process can have a significant impact on a person’s balance
and coordination. The risk of falls becomes higher. This can have a variety of causes including wear and tear to the spine, typically in the neck area. Injury to this area is another culprit.
There are special receptors that reside along the cervical spine in the rear of the joints. These receptors work to send vital messages to the brain regarding coordination and balance. When the spine and especially the neck are out of alignment, it can hinder how these receptors send and receive messages to the brain. The result is a condition called loss of proprioception, or sense of body awareness.
As the condition progresses, the patient relies on vision to determine the
location of their feet, legs, and other limbs. The worse it gets, the less able the patient is in compensating and can become prone to falling. Injuries from falling are one of the most common reasons elderly people visit
emergency rooms each year. Chiropractic can help realign the neck and
spine, allowing the nervous system messages to move much smoother, thus restoring balance and coordination.
Chiropractic Prevents Seniors from being Confined to Nursing Homes
Seniors who receive regular chiropractic care are more likely to engage in exercise that is more strenuous. They are more active, have fewer injuries, stay healthy, and are happier and more positive. The more active and mobile seniors are, the less likely they are to be placed in
a nursing home due to medical conditions or the “typical” aging
Simply put, chiropractic for elderly patients changes the way many people look at aging – and places it in a much more positive, active light. Contact us today or, just schedule an appointment online if you would like to benefit from chiropractic care.