Chiropractic and Seniors
Chiropractic Care for Seniors: What are the Benefits?
Anyone over 60 will tell you that aging comes with some great perks. For one thing, you have more time to pursue your hobbies and interests, and fewer obligations to deal with on a day-to-day basis. But there are also unique health challenges that come with aging, and the average senior spends a lot of time researching ways to stay fit and healthy. Diet and exercise are obviously two huge components of senior health. At the same time, there are any number of dietary and exercise “fads” that come and go. It can be difficult to know what’s legitimate and what’s better left alone.
Chiropractic care is something many seniors consider at some point during their search. This is particularly true for any senior who experiences back or neck pain on a regular basis. The prospect of getting immediate, tangible relief from pain is very promising. In fact, it may seem “too good to be true.”
That’s why it’s important to take a practical, realistic look at chiropractic care for seniors. What are the actual benefits that people experience on a regular basis?
1. Relieving pain: Chiropractic care is statistically proven to relieve painful symptoms that are caused by musculoskeletal conditions of the spine and back. Such a condition may be related to an injury, abnormality, or even poor posture. Bone structures weaken over time; we’re more likely to experience painful symptoms as we age. Often times, seniors use pain medication for immediate relief—but this does not address the underlying problem. Chiropractic care for seniors often consists of very gentle manipulations that nonetheless have tangible pain-relieving effects over the long term.
2. Better balance and motion: Seniors often sustain injuries as a result of losing balance and/or falling down. In fact, these injuries can be some of the most painful and debilitating out there. Many people who seek chiropractic care report better balance during everyday activities and exercise. Increased range of motion is another common benefit that comes from gentle chiropractic adjustments to stretch, open, and re-aligns the body.
3. Increased circulation and more energy: In addition to helping the spine and joints stay healthy as people age, chiropractic care can also have beneficial effects on the central nervous system. Spinal health is closely related to how we feel and function in day-to-day life, so it makes sense that chiropractic adjustments can benefit the body as a whole. Increased circulation, a decrease in nervous disorders and/or symptoms, higher energy levels throughout the day, and even better mental focus are all documented benefits of chiropractics for seniors.
Should you see a chiropractor? This is, of course, a personal health decision to be made only by you. However, it’s important to be aware that many seniors do report tangible benefits from regular or periodic chiropractic adjustments. Does this mean that chiropractic care is a “cure all” for seniors, or that there are no risks involved? Not at all. But if you find a truly qualified and reputable chiropractor, you can rest assured that the consultation you receive will be entirely focused on what’s best for you—even if it means recommending against chiropractic adjustments in your case.