Chiropractic Care For Seniors
It’s not a secret that as we progress in age we tend to encounter a whole new set of aches and pains. Unfortunately, although seniors are more likely to suffer from neck and back pain, surveys show they’re actually less likely to seek relief through geriatric chiropractic care. This is often due to the misconception that the musculoskeletal systems of seniors are too “fragile” to be adjusted.
The good news is that, as a Burlington chiropractor with special training in geriatric chiropractic care, Dr. Linsay Way’s gentle and low-force adjusting technique can be modified to fit the patient’s needs. In fact, Dr. Way has treated patients ranging from one day old to over 100 years old!
It’s important for seniors to realize that they don’t need to resign themselves to a life of pain and discomfort in their later years. Research has established chiropractic care as a safe, effective method of treatment for a variety of conditions commonly associated with aging.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Seniors?
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy showed that seniors receiving regular maintenance chiropractic treatment experienced significantly less overall aches and pains than those who do not receive care. A separate study published in Topics In Clinical Chiropractic reported that geriatric chiropratic patients were “less likely to have been hospitalized, less likely to have used a nursing home, more likely to report a better health status, more likely to exercise vigorously, and more likely to be mobile in the community.”
Chiropractic care is most effective when paired with proper exercise and nutrition. Research has shown that older adults who participate in regular physical activity are less likely to suffer from pain-related disability than those who are sedentary, so Dr. Way will often advise implement specific stretches and exercises when developing a treatment plan for her senior patients.
Remember, chiropractic care isn’t just about eliminating symptoms. It’s about living a life of optimal health, regardless of age. Choose chiropractic care at Wellness Way Chiropractic to stay healthy and active in your senior years!
Top 10 Conditions For Geriatric Chiropractic Care:
1. Back Pain
2. Neck Pain
4. Plantar Fasciitis
5. Pain Associated With Osteoarthritis
6. Knee Pain
8. Spinal Degeneration
9. Hip Pain
10. Shoulder Pain
Hondras MA. A randomized controlled trial comparing two types of spinal manipulation and minimal conservative medical care for adults 55 years and older with subacute or chronic low back pain. JMPT 2009; 32:330–343.
Dougherty PE. The role of chiropractic care in older adults. Chiro Man Therapies 2012; 20(3).
Coulter ID. Chiropractic patients in a comprehensive home-based geriatric assessment, follow-up and health promotion program. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic 1996; 3(2): 46-55.