Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Seniors
According to the Administration on Ageing, people who are 65 years of age and older are expected to make up 19 percent of the population by 2030. As we age, we notice unwelcome changes in our body that affect our ability to move and continue in the activities we have always enjoyed. Specialised chiropractic care for seniors offers several benefits to seniors including alleviating pain, improving range of motion, increasing balance, and enhancing the quality of life.
Are Chiropractic Treatments Safe for the Elderly?
Chiropractic care is a natural, drug-free approach to healthcare. 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. 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 and headaches. Treatment is safe for those with arthritis or low bone density and osteoporosis, and involves gentle, low force muscle and joint release
Falls Risk for Older Adults