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Chiropractic Care for the Elderly

Chiropractic care focuses on the connection between the musculoskeletal structure and the body functions, with special regards to the spinal area. Our nervous system is responsible for controlling the functions of other organs, muscles, and body systems. The nerves and the nerve roots are connected from the brain into a vast muscular bundle widely known as the spinal nerve. It travels along the spine and branch out in the spinal vertebrae. These vertebrae connect the various body parts and organs towards the spine. Any condition that pinches the nerves, such as trauma, pressure, or spinal misalignments, can cause disruption of the function of the nervous system.

It is not surprising that as we get older, our body functions begin to deteriorate. Our muscles respond slower and shrink. Our body has less than the body requirement for fluids. Our bones lose density and become more brittle. The elderly are much more prone to musculoskeletal injuries. When they get injured, they take a longer recovery period. If they seek medical treatment, their age can mean they become more sensitive to the side effects of medications and surgery puts them at far more risk.

Given this set of conditions, medication-free and noninvasive chiropractic treatment is preferably suited to older people.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for the Elderly

In working with the elderly, Dr. Hohn at Pure Chiropractic, located in Howell, MI,  makes use of gentle techniques appropriate to the aging body. Ongoing wellness and preventive care are essential elements of treatment. This may include recommendations on exercise, nutrition and lifestyle modifications.

At present, chiropractic care is the third largest health care system that provides a safe and effective treatment for pain due to spinal misalignments. Since many health problems are linked with irregularities in the spine, chiropractic is very efficient in dealing with these various conditions. Dr. Hohn is specially trained to identify and treat subluxations. These subluxations cause unfavorable disturbances with your nervous system. Anti-inflammatory medication regimen and other pain relievers only mask the symptoms, may cause unwanted side effects, and do not deal with the real cause of the problem. Chiropractic care provides a drug-free, pain-free, and safe treatment that takes care of the root of the problem.

How Chiropractic Can Help

Do you know that musculoskeletal injuries due to falling are very common among the elderly? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are responsible for about 90% of the 850,000 bone fractures which happen every year among Americans past the age of 65. Dr. Hohn can help reduce the incidence of falling by using chiropractic adjustments to stabilize the mechanoreceptors located on the cervical spine. Additionally, he will provide instructions on how to do stretching and exercise to increase overall flexibility, mobility, balance, coordination, and strength.

Chiropractic adjustments for the elderly can enhance the range of motion of the spine and extremities. For the elderly, this would allow them to bend and lift up their young grandchildren. They can also do much more activities without experiencing any pain. It can absolutely enhance their daily functions. Oftentimes, increased range of motion is immediately observed after a few sessions of chiropractic rehabilitation.

Our bodies are designed to function and move. It allows us to do various activities and go to different places. As we get older, all those movable body parts eventually wear down. For this reason, it is important for the elderly to have their spine aligned properly. Dr. Hohn can help normalize the alignment of the spine and reduce any strain on it to decrease spinal deterioration and other aches and pains.

Chiropractic therapy benefits are;

Elderly are relieved of their pain

One of the most efficient and harmless management for pain brought about by a problem in the vertebra is chiropractic care. I said efficient because a lot of vertebral disorders are related with spine abnormality and the neighboring soft tissues. Adept and trained to examine and treat any displacements in the spine, chiropractors can help the elderly with the insufferable pain that they have.

Increased range of motion of the spine and limbs

The increased range of motion of a person can positively affect their lives in many ways. Having an increased range of motion to some elderly could mean being able to lean down to lift up their grandchildren. For others, it means having no pain doing some gardening chores or having an additional 40 feet away from their driver on the golf course or track. In a lot of instances, an instantaneous increase in the range of movement normally follows chiropractic adjustments. This explains why professional sports teams have a team chiropractor.

Improves Equilibrium and Synchronization

Balance and synchronization problems are common among the elderly because of cervical spine changes that cause its deterioration. Thus, we see irregular strides among the seniors and their feet becomes farther than the normal position. They also have a hard time getting up from a chair or going up and down the stairs. With chiropractic care, the elderly will be able to regain their lost equilibrium and synchronization.

Joint Deterioration is reduced

A misaligned spine will be exhausted or damaged in advance. Therefore, the spine must be checked regularly, as this will minimize its early deterioration. By normalizing the alignment of the spine and decreasing stress, chiropractic care minimizes spinal deterioration and other lesions.

Health and Welfare is Maximized

More than just relieving the pain, chiropractic care helps the elderly to feel good and healthy as it helps them to perform the usual things they love to do.

The Occurrence of Falling is lessened

Senior citizens are prone to getting injuries from falling. Most Americans whose ages are above 65 had suffered from incidence of falling. About 90% of 850,000 bone breakages are brought about by falls as reported by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. By regularizing the cervical spine’s mechanoreceptors via manual manipulation, the danger of falling is minimized. Chiropractors also recommend exercise and stretching schemes to augment litheness, potency, maneuverability, equilibrium and synchronization.

Most of all, it helps the senior citizens to live on their own instead of living in a nursing home. Because chiropractic care brings back their health and wellness, they become more independent thus, regaining their self-confidence.

Senior citizens can indeed be happy in their age as they are relieved of their pains. Contact Dr. Hohn and Pure Chiropractic today — chiropractic care brings so much benefit to elderly people in a safe and efficient manner.