We’re all going to get old some way, there’s no getting around it.
And when we do, we’re going to have to deal with some unique health problems that we aren’t used to.
Luckily, chiropractic care can help treat and prevent the majority of them.
In a previous blog post, we discuss how to get the most out of every chiropractic visit.
Whether it’s arthritis, decreased flexibility, brittle bones, poor balance, or joint degeneration, we’re bound to have to put up with at least one health issue as we age.
Unfortunately, many seniors today are unaware of the amazing benefits that are possible through regular chiropractic care.
In the article below, we will talk about seven of the most common benefits that chiropractic care provides for seniors.
1. Pain Relief
Chiropractic care is one of the most effective and safest ways to treat pain due to spinal related conditions.
Chiropractic care is effective because most cases of spinal disorders are related to abnormalities of the spine and the surrounding soft tissue, which is easily treated with chiropractic care.
Chiropractors are trained to identify and treat subluxations and the effect they have on the central nervous system.
Unlike pain killers that just mask symptoms, chiropractic care treats the root of the problem, eliminating the pain altogether.
2. Improved Immune System
When your spine is aligned, it increases circulation, which helps clean out toxins from your body.
It also allows the brain to communicate fully with all parts of your body so it can monitor and repair itself more effectively.
Studies have even shown a 200% increase in immune system function for adults who regularly see a chiropractor over the course of five years.
3. Increased Range of Motion
Chiropractic care has proven over and over again to not only increase your range of motion in your spine but also your extremities.
An increased range of motion means being able to bend down and pick up your grandchildren.
Or it means you can tend your garden without pain, or play an entire 18 hole golf course with your friends.
And in most cases, and increased range of motion is experienced immediately after visiting your chiropractor.
This is why many professional sports teams keep chiropractors on staff.
4. Improved Balance And Coordination
Small receptors located at the base of your spine help your brain understand where your limbs are functioning in space.
As we get older, these receptors aren’t as efficient as they used to be, making it harder for your brain to understand where your limbs are.
This throws off your balance, resulting in falls and difficulty standing and walking.
Chiropractic care will help the receptors function efficiently again, increasing their effectiveness.
5. Decreased Joint Degeneration
A misaligned spine is a lot like a misaligned wheel on your car.
The misalignment will cause the spine (and wheel) to wear out much faster than it should.
Since all moving parts eventually wear out anyway, it’s imperative to get your spine aligned, and wheels balanced, periodically.
Chiropractic care decreases spinal degeneration and other arthritic changes by normalizing the spinal alignment and reducing spinal stress.
6. Improved Quality of Life
Studies have been done on the effects of regular chiropractic care among elderly populations, and there’s a shocking increase in the quality of life of chiropractic patients.
Patients studied reported the following benefits from their chiropractic care:
- Less likely to suffer from arthritis
- More likely to exercise
- Much less likely to move to a nursing home (only 5% of people who had chiropractic care compared to 48% who didn’t)
- Fewer hospital stays
Chiropractic care has proven to be an essential cornerstone of both preventative and palliative care.
As adults age and their health begins to decline, chiropractic care becomes even more essential to maintaining quality health and good overall well-being.
7. Less Falling
This goes hand in hand with improved balance, but injuries due to falling are extremely common among the elderly.
The CDC says that falls are responsible for 90% of the 850,000 bone fractures that occur among adults over 65.
Chiropractors reduce the risk for falls, and in doing so the risk of injury, by normalizing the mechanoreceptors of the cervical spine using spinal adjustments.
They will also prescribe a stretching and exercise program to increase strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, and coordination.
Do You Need To See A Chiropractor?
If you’re in your golden years, or if you just want to be sure you enter your golden years at full strength, you should see a chiropractor today.
During your first visit to the chiropractor, you will undergo a complete physical exam, and your chiropractor will go over your full medical history.
After that, they will ask you about any issues or problems you’re currently facing, and from there they will design a treatment plan that will meet your specific needs.
We all have to get older, but we don’t have to feel old.
If you want to feel as young as possible for as long as possible, contact the Advanced Injury Care Clinic today.
Their chiropractors will have you feeling like a spring chicken in no time.