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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Seniors

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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Seniors

Chiropractic care can be particularly suitable for seniors who may suffer from problems related to misalignments of the spine. While there are many myths regarding the safety of chiropractic care, in reality this type of medical treatment is very effective and quite safety, particularly in comparison to alternative treatments such as surgery and drug therapy. There are a wide number of benefits and advantages available to seniors through chiropractic care.

One of the most important advantages for seniors through chiropractic care is an increased range of motion in both the spine and limbs. This, of course, can provide numerous dramatic benefits to the individual’s life. These benefits can include increased family activities without pain and the enjoyment of hobbies that were once prevented due to discomfort associated with spinal misalignment.

Many seniors also notice increased balance and coordination following chiropractic treatment. There seems to be a direct link between problems associated with coordination and balance and degenerative changes to the spine over time. Certain structures located in the spine, known as mechanoreceptors, are responsible for providing the brain with critical information regarding coordination and balance. Over time, as an individual ages, these mechanoreceptors may become mildly impaired and are no longer able to function as well as they should. This results in decreased coordination and balance which can cause problems getting up without help or even walking evenly. Regular chiropractic care; however, can repair problems with mechanoreceptors that cause coordination and balance problems.

Chiropractic care can also increase mobility of joints as well as prevent degeneration of joints. In many ways a spine that is misaligned is much like the wheels on your car when they are out of alignment. Just as tires that are out of alignment will wear out sooner than they should, so will your joints if they are out of alignment. Most of us recognize the need to bring our vehicles in for regular maintenance to keep the wheels aligned and prevent such problems. It is also necessary to do the same for our bodies. Regular chiropractic care can prevent the parts of our bodies that move from wearing out over time.

Many individuals also notice increased health and general well-being through regular chiropractic care. These benefits include the ability to sleep through the night, participate in enjoyable hobbies, an increased feeling of energy and reduced pain from problems associated with aging.

For many seniors one of the most problems related to aging is injuries that are associated with falling. Studies indicate that injuries related to falling can account for an extremely large majority of the bone fractures in the elderly population. With regular chiropractic care, the risk of falls can be reduced. Such care can also provide increased balance, coordination, mobility, flexibility and strength; all of which can further reduce the possibility of bone fractures associated with falling as one grows older.

Furthermore, it has also been noted that regular chiropractic care could also prevent the need for many seniors to move into nursing homes or assisted living facilities. This is because seniors who take advantage of regular chiropractic care frequently have fewer problems associated with arthritis and are typically better able to care for themselves in their own homes than those who do not seek regular chiropractic care.

Regular chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for painful problems associated with misalignments of the spine. In addition, chiropractic care provides numerous benefits to aging seniors to provide them with increase mobility, flexibility, balance and coordination. All of these benefits can improve the quality of life as well as help seniors to enjoy independent living.