Benefits of chiropractic for the elderly
- Increase coordination, balance and physical control
- Decreases/slows the natural aging process
- Reduces medication use
- Reduces the need for assissted living
When we reach the later years of our life, we are more vulnerable to illness and degeneration. Even with this said, growing older does not have to be synonymous with pain and illness..
Elderly are one of the populations who can receive the most benefits from chiropractic care in terms of increased quality of life. As many studies have shown, chiropractic care promotes mobility, flexibility, balance and coordination as well as helps to decrease medication usage.
Chiropractic allows the elderly recuperate their vitality, and the desire to live longer, and have a better quality of life.
The most common benefits chiropractic care offers to the elderly:
- Decrease incidence of falls
- Decreased joint degeneration
- Better balance and coordination
- Increased health and well being
- Better movement of the spine and extremities
- Alleviates/decreases pain
- Increased quality of life
How does chiropractic care help the elderly?
- Chiropractic is one of the safest and most effective ways to help with back pain. The majority of back pain comes from a misaligned spine which places increased and uneven pressure on affected areas including the bones, joints and other soft tissues that surround it.
- Joints naturally degenerate over time and specifically because of this, it is important that the spine is correctly aligned which helps to decrease premature degeneration.
- We often ask our patients what changes they have noted throughout their course of care and these were some of the most common responses:
- “I feel overall much better…..I can finally sleep at night…..Now I can do what I really love, work in the garden……I have much more energy to do things…”
- Chiropractic care helps increase extremity movement (arms, legs, hands and feet). Many problems concerning balance and coordination as we age are directly related to changes or degeneration of the cervical spine (neck). This may affect how the person walks, moves and their ability to do simple everyday activities. The chiropractor will directly access the cervical spine assuring the brain and body have the best possible communication.
- Injuries due to falls are very common and amount to 90% of all the cases reported in people over 65 years of age in the USA. Chiropractic can help reduce the risk of falls by increasing the function of the mechanoreceptors (receptors that control one’s balance) along the spine through specific adjustments. Combined with the adjustments, are specific stretching exercises designed to increase one’s strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and coordination.
Studies show that chiropractic helps the elderly…
“44% of elderly people who were under chiropractic care were reported to have arthritis compared 66% of those who were not under chiropractic care.”
“Those who were under chiropractic care had higher levels of exercises”
“After following the subjects for 3 years, only 5% of those under chiropractic care were in assisted living while 48% of those not under care, where in elderly residence homes.”
“After the 3 year study, only 26% of elderly under chiropractic care were hospitalized in comparison to 48% of those who were not under care.”
Chiropractic is much more than only alleviating pain. It is a way to increase overall wellbeing which allows you to do the daily things that make you happy. Chiropractic care consists in allowing you to be your best self!