As a senior, it may feel like every bone in your body is already cracking and popping during the day. Because of this, you might wonder if it’s really worth seeing a chiropractor.
However, chiropractors do a lot more than mere “bone cracking.” Seniors who visit a chiropractor for adjustments and other related care can benefit in all kinds of ways.
Currently, 5% of older adults visit a chiropractor regularly, but all seniors should consider regular visits. Chiropractors offer a wide range of services that can suit different needs and goals.
How Chiropractors Can Help Seniors Have a Higher Quality of Life
For seniors specifically, chiropractic care has been known to provide the following benefits:
Restoring Balance. If you’re feeling a little wobbly, your neck may be to blame. Balance and coordination in seniors is often related or injuries or changes in the cervical spine. A chiropractor can focus on that area of the spine, stimulating the joint receptors that control your balance and coordination.
Reduce Chronic Pain. Chronic pain may come from many different sources. If, for example, you are suffering back pain due to herniated discs or areas of the spine that have been worn down over time, a chiropractor can lengthen the spaces between the vertebrae, put discs back in their proper place, and prevent future pain. Massage therapy and acupuncture can also help to alleviate pain due to circulation of communication issues throughout the body.
Helping the Body Communicate. There are many functions of the body that we cannot control. It is up to our body, for example, to stimulate digestion or transport the nutrients we need to function. Over time, these messages may be delivered at a much slower pace, or not delivered at all. Chiropractic care can address these issues through its focus on the nervous system. The nervous system, which includes the spinal cord, is a hub for communication throughout the body. Removing blockages or allowing for a flow throughout the body can improve overall health and wellness.
Alleviating Arthritis Symptoms. Arthritis is common among seniors, but is often treated with medications that can cause negative side effects. Chiropractic care has been known to reduce arthritis symptoms either in conjunction with medication or all by itself.
Regain Strength. There is no age for retiring good, old-fashioned exercise. If you have gotten out of the routine of going to the gym, chiropractors can help to get you back on track. Many chiropractors offer physical and exercise therapy. These personalized sessions will help you get back into exercising in a way that is appropriate for your body and health. Physical therapy is also a wonderful way to restore range of motion. When seniors begin to lose the ability to perform simple tasks (tying their shoes, brushing their teeth), physical therapy may be the answer.
Prevent Future Injuries or Limitations. Even if you are active and relatively pain-free, chiropractic care can still provide benefits. Chiropractors are trained in preventive care, and can provide the right treatments to prevent pain, arthritis, or a decreased range of motion.
Is Chiropractic Care Really Appropriate for Seniors?
Spinal manipulations can be intimidating even for someone at their physical peak. The spine is a sensitive area for everyone. At any age or physical ability, you can put your trust in the hands of iChiropractic.
The doctors at iChiropractic are trained in treating patients of all ages, from infants to seniors. iChiropractic aims to provide the whole family with holistic, natural treatments to restore health and quality of life.
Want to learn more about how chiropractic care can benefit your life? Make an appointment today.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.