Routine chiropractic care has a number of benefits which are especially important for older adults including:
- balance and coordination
- mobility and range of motion
- joint health and tissue healing
- sense of well being
- stiffness and muscle spasms
- tissue inflammation
- arthritis and arthritic joint pain
- spinal stress and subsequent degeneration
- risk of fall injuries, spinal and extremity pain
- frequency and severity of back pain, neck pain and headaches
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.
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.
Chiropractic for the elderly is also important in maintaining balance and coordination to help to minimize the risk of falls. Older people are at greatest risk of sustaining an injury from a fall. At least one in four older people have a fall each year. These falls can be reduced by ensuring that the spine and nervous system is functioning correctly.
The great thing about chiropractic is that the techniques that we use can be greatly adapted from one patient to the next. That is one of the main reasons why chiropractic care can be used throughout a person’s life.