According to the Administration on Aging, people who are 65 years of age and older are expected to make up 19 percent of the population by 2030. As we age, we notice unwelcome changes in our body that affect our ability to move and continue in the activities we have always enjoyed. Specialized chiropractic care for seniors offers several benefits to seniors including alleviating pain, improving range of motion, increasing balance, and enhancing the quality of life.
Are Chiropractic Treatments Safe for the Elderly?
Chiropractic care is a natural, drug-free approach to healthcare. Chiropractic care is extremely important for the maturing and elderly adult because of the dramatic changes that occur in the spine with increasing age. As we age, spinal discs, facet joints, ligaments, muscles and other spinal tissues become weaker, less hydrated, more fibrotic, and less able to withstand normal stresses. As a result, spinal pain from spinal degeneration (arthritis) becomes more prominent, tissue injury from relatively benign events occurs, and the time to heal from injuries increases. Many people incorrectly think chiropractic care is unsafe for the elderly. In fact, elderly patients are often the most grateful patients, receiving much needed relief from back and neck aches, arthritic pain, headaches, digestive problems and insomnia. Treatment is safe for those with arthritis or low bone density and osteoporosis, and involves gentle, low force muscle and joint release
Many people find that chiropractic treatments offer relief from chronic pain. By eliminating sublaxations, which are misalignments in the spine, chiropractic manipulations realign the vertebrae eliminating the source of pain along the spine in the neck and back.
Increased Range of Motion of the Spine and Extremities
Spinal discs and spinal joints receive their nutrition and eliminate their wastes through joint movement. Without sufficient movement, adhesions and scar tissue will soon develop in the joints.Chiropractic increases joint nutrition which in turns relieves spinal joint arthritis. Chiropractic care involves restoring and optimizing spinal and extra-spinal joint motion which brings vital nutrients into the joint and flushes toxic waste products out. This helps keep the joints healthy and minimizes the degenerative joint changes which lead to arthritis. For some, an increased range of motion means being able to bend down to pick up their grandchildren. For others, it means they can garden without pain.
Increased Balance and Coordination
According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls among older adults are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries and represent a direct medical cost of $30 billion nationwide. Reduce risk of falling with chiropractic treatments!! Specific chiropractic adjustment techniques to normalize spinal joint receptors provide the brain with important balance and coordination information improving overall mobility and balance.
Enhanced Quality of Life Through Better Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep, tonight and every night, is key to good health and an excellent quality of life. Reduced pain in the neck and back can help promote better, productive sleep that lasts throughout the night increasing your overall health and well-being.
Senior Chiropractic Care in Troy, Michigan
Chiropractic procedures take into consideration the nature of the aging spine and the many abnormalities present to provide a strategically effective, safe and noninvasive treatment plan. Through the use of gentle adjustive and mobilization techniques, physical therapies, and incorporation of stretching and exercise programs spinal pain is reduced, spinal stresses are decreased, flexibility and mobility are improved, and degeneration is minimized. If you or someone you love could benefit from specialized chiropractic care for seniors, visit us at Advanced Health Chiropractic in Troy, Michigan. We offer chiropractic care, nutrition counseling, massage therapy, and corrective exercises. Call us today at 248-813-0500 to discuss your individual needs or to make an appointment.