Benefits of Chiropractic Care for the Elderly
Many of our elderly suffer chronic pain or other issues as their bodies age over time. They struggle with decreased mobility and problems in balance and coordination due to joint deterioration, not to mention pain accompaniment and reduced energy. Seniors also have increased risks of falls and other accidents. Fortunately, chiropractic care has been to shown to have multiple benefits for the senior citizen.
The elderly may be rightly concerned about spinal manipulation owing to the delicate nature of their bones and bodies. But chiropractors are especially trained to handle the needs of this population of patients with care and caution; the therapy can be absolutely safe for them.
What benefits can the elderly derive from chiropractic treatment? Firstly, pain relief. It is one of the safest modes of reducing pain and discomfort. Simply by locating and correcting any misalignments of the spine will reduce or eliminate pain in the back, neck and head regions.
With pain gone, the elderly can now enjoy increased range of motion, from the spine to the extremities. The patient may be able to move with more confidence as before, bend over without fear, take walks alone, and interact with others.
Chiropractic care has been shown to help restore balance and coordination by stimulating and restoring normal joint function in the neck. Studies have shown that by stimulating joint receptors in the neck, which in turn controls balance and coordination of the body, can restore normal function. Many issues of balance and coordination are attributed to degeneration or injury to the cervical spine. Another benefit for the elderly is that chiropractic care can decrease joint degeneration and arthritis problems by restoring proper alignment of the spine.
Finally, with a correctly aligned spine, the senior’s nervous system and immune system will function better. With a healthy immune system it will mean fewer sick days, a reduced chance of catching illness, and an increased feeling of health and well-being for the elderly.
A Pain-Free Life
We believe at NuStar, your chiropractic in Bellevue, our elderly need not live their golden years in pain or discomfort when chiropractic care is available to them.