Chiropractic care provides numerous benefits to active people. It’s mainly used to control and regulate the nervous system, which in turn, helps improve the functions of the body. Chiropractic care and its evident benefits have encouraged many people to start visiting chiropractors. Seniors, however, should start becoming more aware to the benefits of chiropractic care.
Many seniors may not know about these benefits. Older people may contract conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. They also suffer from aging, which affects the skeletal system and their corresponding joints. Joints are stabilized by the muscles and ligaments. Over time, the cartilage of the joints wears down while the bones and ligaments start deteriorating. Seniors may start experiencing discomfort and sometimes pain once their skeletal system weakens.
Chiropractics help control the deterioration of the skeletal system and other factors involved with bone and joint pain. Chiropractors commonly stress to seniors the importance of exercise. It helps relieve joint pain through the stimulation of the joints. Seniors who receive chiropractic care also benefit from having adjustments performed on their limbs, which helps break down older scar tissue. This frees up hindered joint motions, which in turn, restores a senior’s natural reflexes and stifles pain.
A recently published literature review opened a dialogue about the ethics of chiropractic care in seniors. The review revealed that although seniors are more likely to experience back and/or general body pain, they’re less likely to seek care.
Chiropractic care is considered safe and effective for seniors, as it treats a variety of conditions associated with aging. Research has proven that chiropractic care can help treat back, joint and neck pain, dizziness and pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis and spinal degeneration.
A study from 2009 revealed that older patients receiving regular chiropractic adjustments developed ‘significantly less’ disability and pain when compared to patients who didn’t receive chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care works best for patients who combine the treatments with regular exercise and improve nutrition. Another recently conducted study showed that active seniors developed significantly less pain-related disabilities than non-active seniors.
Both chiropractic care and regular exercise help improve balance, strength and gait in seniors, in addition to playing an important role in fall prevention. Researchers have also commented that adequate nutrition and supplementation also helps in the improvement of fall prevention.
Chiropractors can help seniors make educated dieting choices through coaching. Chiropractic care for seniors and other adults also has a role in improving general health.
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