As we age, our bodies tend to create stress points on specific body areas that result in misalignment of the spine. Senior adults – adults over the age of 65 especially may benefit from chiropractic care. While there are many myths regarding the safety of senior chiropractic care, this treatment is very effective and quite safe. This is especially true when compared to alternative treatments such as surgery and drug therapy.
What are the advantages of senior chiropractic care?
There are significant benefits and advantages from senior chiropractic care:
- pain relief
- increased range of motion
- improved balance and coordination
- decreased joint degeneration
- increased health and well-being
- reduced incidence of falling
Senior chiropractic care is one of the most effective and safest forms of health care to treat pain from spinal related conditions. Chiropractic is effective because most causes of spinal disorders are related to abnormalities of the spine and the surrounding soft tissue structures. Dr. Zock is specifically trained to identify and treat misalignments of the spine and its subsequent effect on the central nervous system. Traditional medicine offers drugs. The use of Anti-inflammatory medication and pain relievers masks the symptoms and usually have undesirable side effects. Painkillers also allow us to continue to do damage to our bodies.
Range of motion
Another significant advantage for senior chiropractic care is an increased range of motion in both the spine and limbs. This, of course, can provide numerous dramatic benefits to the individual’s life. These advantages include enjoyment of hobbies that could not be pursued. Additionally, our care offers increased involvement with family activities without pain and discomfort associated with spinal misalignment. In fact, one of my long-term senior patients just returned from a trip to Disney World where he was able to keep up with his grandchildren for a week’s vacation.
Balance and coordination
Many seniors also notice increased balance and coordination following chiropractic treatment. There seems to be a direct link between problems associated with coordination and balance and degenerative changes in the spine over time. Structures known as mechanoreceptors are located in the joints of the cervical spine. These are responsible for providing the brain with essential information necessary for balance and coordination. As we age, these receptors may become impaired. As a result they no longer able to function as well as they should. The effect of this is decreased coordination and balance. These age-related changes can cause problems getting up without help or even walking evenly. Regular senior chiropractic care can treat problems with mechanoreceptors that cause coordination and balance problems.
Decreased Joint Degeneration
Senior chiropractic care can also increase the mobility of joints as well as prevent degeneration of joints. In many ways, a spine that is misaligned is much like the wheels on your car when they are out of alignment. Comparatively, just as tires that are out of alignment will wear out sooner than they should so will your joints if they are out of alignment. Most of us recognize the need to bring our vehicles in for regular maintenance. It is also necessary to do the same for our bodies. Regular chiropractic care decreases spinal degeneration and other arthritic changes. This is done by normalizing the spinal alignment which prevents parts of our bodies that move from wearing out over time.
Health and well-being
Many individuals also notice increased health and general well-being through regular chiropractic care. These benefits include an increased feeling of energy and reduced pain from problems associated with aging, the ability to sleep through the night and to participate in enjoyable hobbies. Feeling good, staying healthy and doing the things that make us happy is what keeps us looking forward to each new day. Regular chiropractic care increases the quality of life, health, and well-being.
Falling is one of the most common problems for seniors today. In fact, studies indicate that more than one-third of elders 65 and older fall each year. Injuries related to falling can account for a vast majority of the bone fractures in senior adults. It can also result in injuries to knees, and other parts of the body that bear the brunt of the impact with the ground or another object. Regular senior chiropractic care reduces the risk of falls. Our care also provides increased balance, coordination, flexibility, mobility and strength.
This further reduces the possibility of bone fractures and other issues associated with falling as we age. Even better, it has also been noted that regular chiropractic care prevents the need for many seniors to move into assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Older persons who take advantage of regular chiropractic care frequently have fewer problems associated with issues like arthritis. This means that they are typically better able to care for themselves in their own homes than those who do not seek regular care.
Regular senior chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for painful problems experienced by seniors today in Cranberry Township PA. Our care provides numerous benefits to aging seniors to provide them with increased balance and coordination, flexibility and mobility. These benefits can improve the quality of life as well as helping seniors to enjoy independent living and stay out of nursing homes. In summary, senior chiropractic care provides incredible benefits and has an outstanding record of safety and effectiveness. Contact Dr. Zock today for an initial evasion to see if you or your loved one can benefit from chiropractic care.