Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Opinion

March 20, 2013

Chiropractic care for senior citizens

Introduction

Chiropractic care is a suitable complementary healthcare option for people of all ages, including older individuals. The safe, gentle and effective techniques along with the comprehensive head-to-toe approach used by many practitioners makes chiropractic the perfect profession to address seniors’ musculoskeletal health problems. A 2012 study published in the journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies agree, stating that chiropractors can play an important role in managing older adults’ health conditions. The role of chiropractic care for seniors extends beyond relief of aches and pains to influence key quality of life issues that almost every senior faces at some point. As our population ages, chiropractic will be there to provide quality care and support to our seniors and to ensure their best possible quality of life.

Reduced Pain or Discomfort

Reduced pain or discomfort is one of several important health benefits chiropractic care offers seniors. Pain in the spine and its surrounding sort tissues, or elsewhere throughout the body, is an unfortunate (though not necessarily inevitable) daily experience for many seniors. According to a 2011 study published in the journal Rheumatology, the risk of disabling back pain rises in older age, and seniors who have had a previous bout of back pain or who report poor self-rated health may have a greater risk of experiencing future back pain.

Chiropractic care, through the use of various manual techniques, provides seniors with a safe and effective way to treat or prevent pain in the spine elsewhere throughout the body, and it helps bolster general health in this group, too.

Increased Range of Motion

Reduced range of motion in the spine and extremities is common among seniors and, for many, has a direct effect on the ability to perform activities of daily living, including gardening, playing with grandchildren or performing other cherished hobbies. Chiropractic care- joint manipulation or mobilization, soft tissue work, functional exercise prescription- may help improve joint range of motion, flexibility and mobility in the elderly and help seniors better perform their activities of daily living.

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