Chiropractic and Seniors
The first members of the Baby Boom Generation are already over 65. As the number of people living longer continues to increase dramatically, chiropractors are on the forefront of care for our elder population.
Geriatric patients often respond very positively to the gentle, hands-on approach of chiropractic care. Older patients suffer from structural problems that often respond very well to chiropractic intervention.
Regular chiropractic adjustments can relieve spinal and extremity pain, decrease stiffness, increase range of motion, decrease spinal stress and degeneration, as well as arthritic conditions and inflammation, and enhance tissue healing. Additionally, chiropractic can increase balance and coordination, decreasing the likelihood of falls, one of the leading problems facing seniors, because an injury resulting from a fall can cause permanent disability. Chiropractic can help prevent falls, leading to many additional years of productive living.
Chiropractic: Safe and Effective
As a conservative, drug- and surgery-free form of health care, chiropractic spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by chiropractors. Chiropractic adjustments are among the safest treatments for most back and neck problems – much safer in fact than other common treatments for musculoskeletal pain, such as prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
It is important to note that not every condition will respond to conservative chiropractic care, and your chiropractor is fully educated and trained to recognize when a referral to a more appropriate health care provider may be needed.