Chiropractic care can manage many of the aches and pains associated with aging without resorting to expensive prescription drugs or surgery.
Chiropractic Care For Seniors
With aging comes a number of new aches and pains. Unfortunately, research shows that although older adults are more likely to experience back pain, they are less likely to seek care for their pain than younger adults. It’s important to know that you don’t have to resign yourself to a life filled with pain.
Chiropractic care is a safe, effective treatment for a variety of conditions associated with aging. Research shows that chiropractic can help back, neck, and joint pain; dizziness; or pain from osteoarthritis, scoliosis, and spinal degeneration. A 2009 study found that older patients receiving chiropractic adjustments experience significantly less disability and pain compared to patients not receiving chiropractic.
Chiropractic works best when combined with exercise and nutrition. A recent study of older adults showed that those involved in physical activity had substantially less pain-related disability than non-active adults. By improving balance, gait, and strength, exercise and chiropractic can also play an important role in fall prevention.
The researchers pointed out that adequate nutrition and supplementation can also support fall prevention. Your chiropractor can coach you in making the right dietary and vitamin choices.
Chiropractic care is more than just treating pain. It’s also about helping you lead a fulfilling, healthy life--regardless of age.
Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
Arthritis is a condition that is caused by the wearing down of the cartilage between joints. Some of the major joints that are affected are the knees, hips, back, neck, and hands/wrist. Arthritis can be painful and can cause the affected areas to not function properly. Arthritis in one area can cause arthritis or other problems in a different joint. For instance, if you have arthritis in your left knee, you may compensate for this by putting more pressure on your right side, leading to right hip problems.
Pain killers can cause temporary relief from pain and discomfort, but it is not a long term solution. Chiropractic can alleviate pain by releasing pressure on the nervous system with proper alignment. It can also restore proper joint movement, helping to ensure that you use proper motion so that you do not cause injury to other parts of your body. We are not concerned strictly with the affected area, but rather the body as a whole. We aim to restore and maintain proper movement and functionality to increase your overall well being.
Stages of Spinal Degeneration
Degeneration Phase 1
The first stage of spinal degeneration is when there is a minor loss of normal spine balance and spinal curvature. The surrounding features of the spine such as nerves, discs and joints begin to age quicker and are continually more stressed. This stage of the degeneration process rarely is accompanied with any major pain. At this point, there is a good chance that with the proper care, you can return to normal.
Degeneration Phase 2
In the second stage of spinal degeneration, there is a often narrowing of the discs and potentially deformation in the bones. Your posture is often beginning to degenerate as well at this point. As the spinal canal, or opening begins to narrow, there are often significant aches and pains associated. Fatigue and stress are more common at this stage. There is a good chance of improvement at this stage with the proper care.
Degeneration Phase 3
In the third stage of spinal degeneration, there is significant physical and mental involvement due to the level of issues here. There is most likely nerve damage as well as deformation of the bones and discs. There would be a significant loss of energy and height at this point. Some reversal is possible.
Degeneration Phase 4
In the fourth stage of spinal degeneration, most damage is permanent including scar tissue, nerve damage and deformation. At this point, the condition is irreversible. Management of pain and discomfort is the best option here.