Chiropractic Care for the Elderly

One of the unfortunate effects of our golden years is suffering from age-related disorders. Some of these problems include irregular gait, poor balance, joint pain and stiffness, decreased strength and endurance, loss of muscle and bone mass, and an impaired healing rate.

Chiropractic care focus on the connection between the musculoskeletal structure and the body functions with special regards to the spinal area. Our nervous system is responsible for controlling the functions of other organs, muscles, and body systems.

The nerves and the nerve roots are connected from the brain into a vast muscular bundle widely known as the spinal nerve. It travels along the spine and branch out in the spinal vertebrae. These vertebrae connect the various body parts and organs towards the spine. Any condition that pinch the nerves, such as trauma, pressure, or spinal misalignments, can cause disruption of the function of the nervous system.

The nerves in our bodies are the command center for everything else in our bodies. Chiropractors believe that since the nerves exit from the spine, a properly functioning spine is necessary to have a properly functioning nervous system, thereby leading to overall bodily health.

The goal of Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic is to relieve you of a serious interference to your healing and health–the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). You may have it in you and feel no pain for years. It causes lack of health and wellness and robs you of vitality, strength, and energy. VSCs weaken your immune system, causing lowered resistance and setting the stage for sickness.

The treatment of symptoms is not the role of chiropractic. Chiropractors are not pain doctors. Many symptoms, in fact, are a necessary part of the healing process! For example, fevers help burn off infections; pain is a sign that something is wrong; high blood pressure is usually secondary to somebody malfunction that deserves investigation. When a chiropractor corrects VSCs, he/she is helping the body to function more naturally, with less spinal imbalance, without interference to the nervous system. The body is then better able to heal itself.

This is all in contrast to the medical approach which often consists of suppressing symptoms: aspirin lowers fever, antihypertensive drugs lower blood pressure, painkillers relieve pain, antacids soothe the stomach, corticosteroids relieve inflammation and the list goes on. The action of these drugs may be quick, and at times necessary, but they never deal with the cause of the symptom; they are only a Band-Aid for the symptom itself. Chiropractic strives to treat the cause, not the symptom, of a health problem.

Dr. Dee has years of experience in helping the elderly with their symptoms.

Elderly are relieved of their pain.

One of the most efficient and harmless management for pain brought about by a problem in the vertebra is chiropractic care. I said efficient because a lot of vertebral disorders are related with spine abnormality and the neighboring soft tissues. Adept and trained to examine and treat any displacements in the spine, chiropractors can help the elderly with the insufferable pain that they have.

Increased range of motion of the spine and limbs

The increased range of motion of a person can positively affect their lives in many ways. Having an increased range of motion to some elderly could mean being able to lean down to lift up their grandchildren. For others, it means having no pain doing some gardening chores or having an additional 40 feet away from their driver on the golf course or track. In a lot of instances, an instantaneous increase in the range of movement normally follows chiropractic adjustments. This explains why professional sports teams have a team chiropractor.

Improves Equilibrium and Synchronization

Balance and synchronization problems are common among the elderly because of cervical spine changes that cause its deterioration. Thus, we see irregular strides among the seniors and their feet becomes farther than the normal position. They also have a hard time getting up from a chair or going up and down the stairs. With chiropractic care, the elderly will be able to regain their lost equilibrium and synchronization.

Joint Deterioration is reduced

A misaligned spine will be exhausted or damaged in advance. Therefore, the spine must be checked regularly, as this will minimize its early deterioration. By normalizing the alignment of the spine and decreasing stress, chiropractic care minimizes spinal deterioration and other lesions.

Health and Welfare is Maximized

More than just relieving the pain, chiropractic care helps the elderly to feel good and healthy as it helps them to perform the usual things they love to do.

The Occurrence of Falling is lessened

Senior citizens are prone to getting injuries from falling. Most Americans whose ages are above 65 had suffered from incidence of falling. About 90% of 850,000 bone breakages are brought about by falls as reported by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. By regularizing the cervical spine’s mechanoreceptors via manual manipulation, the danger of falling is minimized. Chiropractors also recommend exercise and stretching schemes to augment litheness, potency, maneuverability, equilibrium and synchronization.

Most of all, it helps the senior citizens to live on their own instead of living in a nursing home. Because chiropractic care brings back their health and wellness, they become more independent thus, regaining their self-confidence.

Senior citizens can indeed be happy in their age as they are relieved of their pains. Chiropractic care brings so much benefit to elderly people in a safe and efficient manner.

Chiropractic adjustments for the elderly can enhance the range of motion of the spine and extremities. For the elderly, this would allow them to bend and lift up their young grandchildren. They can also do much more activities without experiencing any pain. It can absolutely enhance their daily functions. Oftentimes, increased range of motion is immediately observed after a few sessions of chiropractic rehabilitation.

Chiropractic therapy can help lessen pain, improve joint function, enhance mobility, increase balance and coordination, and decrease stiffness. Although it’s not truly a fountain of youth, chiropractic can do wonders in improving your comfort and quality of life.

To get started with chiropractic care today, contact Healing Hands Chiropractic!