Seniors

Many seniors are unaware of the outstanding benefits that are possible through regular chiropractic care.  At Harris Family Chiropractic we offer safe and gentle adjustments to not only keep you pain free, but help you reach your optimal potential!  Here are seven of the most frequent benefits that chiropractic care provides for seniors.

1. Pain Relief
Chiropractic care is one of the most effective and safest forms of health care to treat pain due to spinal related conditions. Chiropractic is so effective because most causes of spinal disorders are related to abnormalities of the spine and the surrounding soft tissue structures. Doctors of Chiropractic are specifically trained to identify and treat subluxations (misalignments of the vertebrae) and decrease their subsequent effect and interference on the nervous system.  Anti-inflammatory medication and pain relievers merely mask the symptoms and have many undesirable side effects.  At Harris Family Chiropractic we want to find the cause.

Seniors2. Increased Range of Motion of the Spine and Extremities
Chiropractic care has been shown repeatedly to increase not only the range of motion of the spine but also in the extremities. Increasing a person’s range of motion can positively affect their life in many ways. For some, an increased range of motion means being able to bend down to pick up their grandchildren. For others, it means they can garden without pain or get an extra 40 yards of distance out of their driver on the golf course. In many cases, an increase in range of motion immediately follows chiropractic adjustments. This is one of the reasons why many top professional sporting teams have team chiropractors.

3. Increased Balance and Coordination
Many issues in balance and coordination in the aging population have been shown to come from injury or degenerative changes to spine. Structures known as mechanoreceptors are located in the spine and are responsible for providing the brain with essential information important for balance and coordination.  Studies have shown that chiropractic care can help restore balance and coordination by stimulating the joint receptors (mechanoreceptors) in the cervical spine. This stimulation is thought to restore or normalize joint receptor functioning which leads to improvements in balance and coordination.

4. Decreased Joint Degeneration
A subluxated (misaligned) spine is much like a misaligned wheel on an automobile. This misalignment will cause the spine (and the wheel) to wear out prematurely. Since all moving parts will eventually wear down over time, it is very important to get your spine aligned periodically. Chiropractic care decreases spinal degeneration and other arthritic changes by normalizing the spinal alignment and reducing spinal stress.

5. Increased Health and Well-Being
We commonly ask our patients what changes they notice once they are out of pain. Here are some regular responses we hear:

I feel great!   I can sleep through the night!  Now I can tend my garden!

I have so much energy!  I can keep up with my grandchildren! I can drive again!

Yes, chiropractic is far more than mere pain relief. Feeling good, staying healthy and doing the things we love are what keeps us looking forward to each new day.  Regular chiropractic care helps to increase quality of life, health, and wellbeing.

Seniors6. Decreased Incidence of Falling
Injuries due to falling are extremely common in the elderly population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are responsible for 90% of the 850,000 bone fractures which occur annually among Americans past the age of 65. Chiropractors reduce the risk of falls by normalizing the mechanoreceptors of the cervical spine by administering chiropractic adjustments. They also prescribe stretching and exercise programs to increase strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and coordination.

7. Keeps Seniors Out of Nursing Homes
Dr. Ian Coulter from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College was involved with many research projects studying the benefits of chiropractic care and exercise. In 1996, he published an interesting study in the Journal, “Topics of Clinical Chiropractic” called “Chiropractic care for the Elderly.”

The key points he noted in this study were:

  • 44% of those who used chiropractic care reported having arthritis compared with 66% in the non-chiropractic care group
  • those who used chiropractic care were more likely to do strenuous levels of exercise
  • at three years follow-up, less than 5% of those who used chiropractic care lived in a nursing home while a staggering 48% of those who did not use chiropractic care did live in a nursing home
  • at three years follow-up, only 26% of those who used chiropractic care were hospitalized compared with 48% of those in the non-chiropractic group

Chiropractic provides amazing benefits and has an outstanding record of safety and effectiveness. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 715.644.5677 or contact us here.

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