The number of senior citizens in out country is at an all time high and is only continuing to rise. As baby boomers continue to approach and reach retirement age the number of senior citizens will continue rise sharply. Health care of coarse is a primary concern to many senior citizens, and chiropractic is an important part of that. Recent reports estimate that over 5% of seniors utilize chiropractic on a regular basis. Unfortunately, some older adults who need chiropractic care for one reason or another do not utilize it. Some may not be familiar how chiropractic can help them, others may be concerned about finances, (medicare covers chiropractic and typically makes visits very affordable under most budgets) while others may just not be sure who to see. In this article we hope to address the first and the last issues help more seniors who need chiropractic care feel comfortable seeking it out.
There are numerous reasons why a senior can benefit from chiropractic care. Here are some of the most important ones.
• As we age we tend to become more restricted in our motion which can effect our overall mobility and function. Chiropractic adjustments can help increase mobility while reducing symptoms from conditions such as arthritis, disc injuries, muscle spasms, and a number of other musculoskelatal problems that occur with more frequency as we age.
• Chiropractic is one of the safest ways to treat pain relief. When working with seniors we are able to adapt to lower force techniques when necessary to insure patient comfort while still being able to achieve results quickly. With chiropractic there is no drugs or surgery involved. With many seniors surgery can be very risky and take a large toll on the body. Chiropractic can be an effective way to treat chronic pain in your neck, back, and head without invasive surgery.
• Many people see chiropractic and assume that it is only a treatment for pain. One area where we focus on in our office is posture. Posture is incredible important for seniors. Click the previous link to read about how poor posture can actually predict our life expectancy. As our posture changes for the worse our balance decreases and our lung capacity decreases. In our office we take pride in working with our patients to insure they are improving their posture both in our office and at home.
Chiropractic can play a big role in helping seniors stay active, independent, and mobile. If you find yourself in pain most of the time or your posture deteriorating quickly now is the time to see how we can help you. We would be happy to help you get your spine in top shape to keep you active and healthy for many years to come.