Chiropractic care is extremely important for the maturing and elderly adult because of the dramatic changes that occur in the spine with increasing age. As we age, spinal discs, facet joints, ligaments, muscles and other spinal tissues become weaker, less hydrated, more fibrotic and less able to withstand normal stresses. As a result, spinal pain from spinal degeneration (arthritis) becomes more prominent, tissue injury from relatively benign events occurs, and the time to heal from injuries increases.
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC CARE HELP?
Chiropractic care has a number of benefits, which are especially important for the elderly, including:
– Improved balance and coordination
– Increased mobility and range of motion
– Greater joint health and tissue healing
– A sense of well being
– More energy and vitality
– Less stiffness and muscle spasms
– Reduced tissue inflammation
– Decreased spinal stress and subsequent degeneration
– Less risk of falls and other injuries
– Decreased frequency and severity of back pain, neck pain and headaches
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC CARE HELP WITH ARTHRITIS?
A misaligned spine is much like a misaligned wheel on a car. This misalignment will cause the spine (and the wheel) to wear out prematurely. Since all moving parts will eventually wear down over time, it is very important to get your spine aligned regularly. Chiropractic care decreases spinal degeneration and other arthritic changes by normalising the spinal alignment and reducing spinal stress.
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC CARE IMPROVE BALANCE AND PREVENT FALLS?
Chiropractic care for the elderly is important in maintaining balance and coordination to help minimise the risk of falls. Older people are at greatest risk of sustaining an injury from a fall. At least one in four older people have a fall each year. These falls can be reduced by ensuring that the spine and nervous system are functioning correctly.
Studies have shown that chiropractic care can help restore balance and coordination by stimulating the joint receptors in the cervical (neck) spine. This stimulation restores normal joint receptor function, which leads to improvements in balance and coordination.
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC CARE IMPROVE WELL BEING?
Chiropractic care is far more than mere pain relief. Feeling good, staying healthy and doing the things that make us happy are what keeps us looking forward to each new day. Regular chiropractic care increases your quality of life and enhances your health and well being.
IS CHIROPRACTIC CARE SAFE FOR THE ELDERLY?
Many people incorrectly think chiropractic care is unsafe for the elderly. In fact, elderly patients are often the most grateful patients, receiving much needed relief from back and neck aches, arthritic pain, headaches, digestive problems and insomnia. Treatment is safe for those with arthritis or low bone density and osteoporosis, as it involves gentle, low force techniques to improve joint motion and relieve muscle tension.
For more information or to book an appointment, please contact Balmoral Chiropractic Centre ( Singapore ) on 6235 9083.