CHIROPRACTIC CARE IS GENTLE ON SENIORS
As you age, you can become more susceptible to aches and pains, injuries, and ailments. While there are many factors that influence the way you feel, your quality of life will always depend somewhat on the health of your spine and the nervous system. This is where Chiropractic care enters the equation.
The basic idea behind Chiropractic care is that a person’s body can heal itself with the help of physical, hands-on adjustments from qualified professionals. It’s a form of allied health that doesn’t involve taking medication.
In simple terms, Chiropractic care involves gentle adjustments to the spine and joints to help realign and alter the function of the nervous system. This spinal manipulation may help relieve pain from conditions that affect the body’s musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care focuses on the spine, but can be applied to other parts of the body.
Chiropractic care aims to relieve pain and assist with conditions that arise from the bones, cartilage, connective tissue, joints, and muscles. As you age, this pain can often worsen, and can even become debilitating if not addressed correctly.
What Are The Benefits Of Chiropractic Care
How May A Chiropractor Help With Healthy Ageing?
Estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017–18 National Health estimate about 4.0 million Australians (16% of the population) have back problems. It is estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives. Pain is the main symptom in most back problems.30 Aug 2019
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One of the main benefits that may be experienced from Chiropractic care is the easing of back pain.
Treatment of the spine may be an effective alternative to more invasive and costly medical treatments such as surgery, injections, or physical therapy.
It is recommended that people with back pain should seek non-medical treatment before proceeding to costly healthcare alternatives. Treatments recommended include spinal manipulation performed by a qualified Chiropractor, as well as meditation, yoga, tai chi and acupuncture (to name a few).
Another possible benefit of Chiropractic care is the fact that having your spine aligned may lead to a vast improvement in your range of movement. This means that your body will cope better with daily tasks, your balance may improve, and you’ll enjoy more benefits from exercising.
Ideally, there will be no more pain when climbing out of the car, no more stiffness when getting out of bed, and bending over or reaching for things will become easier. These may sound like simple tasks, but many older people feel pain when attempting these motions, leading to a more restrictive lifestyle.
Considering Chiropractic care is a proactive way to combat the inevitability of ageing and looking after your musculoskeletal health.
Research has indicated there is a link between back pain and ageing. This is because as we age, our spinal discs begin to dry out and no longer cushion our surrounding bones and skeletal system. This is a reason why elderly people can lose a few inches from their height in their later years.
Having adjustments performed by a qualified Chiropractor may be able to keep your spine moving freely, keeping your spinal discs hydrated may also help preserve them for a longer period.
Chiropractic care may be an excellent tool to prevent an ageing body from experiencing unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Another potential benefit of Chiropractic care relates to the epidemic of elderly people falling and injuring themselves. Physical conditions and chronic pain in the back and the legs can cause older people to become unbalanced.
Regular Chiropractic care may help improve coordination of elderly people and in turn, their balance – potentially reducing the risk of falls and therefore experience fewer injuries.
A More Comfortable Life
Chiropractic care may lead to a number of health benefits that can greatly improve your quality of life, especially as you age. While everyone at any age can benefit from correct alignment—even babies—the older you are, the more chance of bone density loss, conditions like osteoarthritis, injury, and other issues.
As you get older it’s essential that you fully understand the importance of a healthy spine and good posture.
Ageing isn’t something you can avoid, but there are ways to ensure you stay comfortable and healthy.
If you’re experiencing age-related aches and pains, it’s a good idea to chat to one of our chiropractors to see if we can help. Call us on (07) 5445 6366 or book an appointment.