Veterans Day a Reminder to Take Care of Our Own
By Sara Butler
Veterans Day is a day to honor the bravery of those who have served and continue to serve in our nation’s military. I know I certainly appreciate their service and sacrifice as they protect the freedoms that each and every one of us holds so dear.
But it’s the reality that many of our nation’s veterans are getting older. As they do, proper care to keep them healthy and thriving becomes even more important. To truly honor them is to help them achieve optimum health -- something that we here at The Joint Chiropractic know a thing or two about!
Here are some of the amazing ways that chiropractic can help our veterans, and you, as they grow older.
Chiropractic care is one of the safest methods of health care to treat discomfort pain due to spine-related conditions, as well as one of the most effective. The chiropractors at The Joint identify and treat joint dysfunction and restriction that may be leading to pain. Doctors attack the pain at its root cause instead of simply prescribing medication that works only to masks the symptoms of a much larger problem. And the side effects of those medications are not something to toy with either, especially when the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs reports more than 68,000 veterans are addicted to opioid painkillers. We owe our vets more than that -- and chiropractic is one way to help.
Increased Range of Motion
Chiropractic care has been shown time and again to help increase the range of motion in the spine and the extremities. Many people don’t realize just how important increased range of motion is as you age, but keeping limber has a very positive impact on the quality of life for seniors.
Think of a senior you know and the things they enjoy. Do they love their garden? Or perhaps they like to play with their grandchildren or great-grandchildren. Some want to simply retain the ability to walk or drive a ball on the golf course without pain or discomfort. For many people, an increase in the range of motion is one of the main benefits of chiropractic adjustments. And it’s exactly the reason so many professional sports teams have chiropractors on staff!
Increased Coordination and Balance
As you age, coordination and balance can become a challenge. This is due mainly to degenerative changes in the spine, especially in the neck. The joints of the neck allow for a lot of very important information to travel from the body to the brain. If there’s a problem with the sending and receiving of signals in the spinal cord, then coordination and balance can be impacted.
By eliminating joint restriction and dysfunctions in the spine, it helps to keep seniors stable and up on their own two feet. After all, injuries from falls can be quite serious for older people, so it’s important to make sure they’re on as firm a foundation as possible.
Increased Well-Being and Health
At The Joint, we like to ask our patients what changes they notice when they’re no longer experiencing pain or restriction. The overwhelming response is an increase in their health, which then leads to an increase in their well-being. Perhaps they sleep better or have more energy, or maybe they can finally work in the garden as they want to. It’s this result that makes chiropractic care more than just a way to relieve pain, but a way to help you feel good, be happy and move forward in the twilight years of life.
At The Joint, we want veterans -- as well as people of all ages -- to enjoy the positive benefits of chiropractic care, and that’s one of the reasons we strive to be accessible to everyone. So, come on in today and get started on a new lease on life! And to all the veterans and active military personnel out there, we salute you!
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