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Chiropractic Care and Senior Citizens

Visiting the chiropractor may seem a little intimidating to those who have never experienced it. It may seem like a type of therapy that is only for a certain type of person, such as an athlete. What people don’t seem to generally understand is how chiropractic is an acceptable treatment for people of all kinds and all ages, from infants to the elderly.

Chiropractics can be especially beneficial to senior citizens, particularly those who are living with chronic pain and have limited mobility. Chiropractics is a low-risk, natural treatment that may improve the quality of life for people entering their golden years. Below are a few of the reasons you may want to consider chiropractic for yourself or for an elderly loved one. 

Diminish Chronic Pain

The most common reason to visit a chiropractor is to treat pain. Usually in the neck and back, chronic pain can be debilitating, greatly affecting the way you live your life. Chiropractic can safely treat this pain by corrected subluxations, also known as misaligned vertebrae, in the spine. Subluxations can cause the nervous system to function improperly. Treating the pain issue at its core is key to long term improvement.

Helps Improve Range of Motion

If you have some type of injury that is hindering your full range of motion then chiropractic may be able to help. Not only does it help the spine move more freely, but it can also assist the arms and legs. Improving your range of motion can mean many different things. It might enable you to hold your grandchildren, garden, take your daily walk or play a round of golf without any pain. 

Better Your Coordination 

Improving your balance and hand-eye coordination can be affected when there is damage done to the cervical spine, or the neck, area. When there are subluxations in the spine, then it is hard for the brain and the body to connect efficiently, which my throw off your coordination skills. Age itself can also have an effect on your body mechanics. The wear and tear of mechanoreceptors can cause a decrease in body awareness. Through chiropractic care, balance can be restored back to the body by normalizing the joint receptors in the cervical spine.  

Increased Joint Health

The subluxations that occur in the spine cause the joints to degenerate. Getting the spine adjusted removes the subluxations and aligns it back to its proper place in the body. By getting the spine regularly aligned, it keeps the joints healthy, which reduces the risk of future damage. 

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