The Link Between Aging, Back Pain, And Depression (And How Chiropractic May Help)
It’s no secret that some health conditions are actually related to other issues going on in the body, and that these health issues can actually compound on each other and make things even more severe for you to try and deal with.
I recently came across a post by Chiro Nexus that sought to examine the link between back pain and depression, and how both tend to increase in occurrence and severity as a person ages. While depression is known to largely be a disease of the mind, affecting your moods and emotions (it is known in the scientific and health communities as a mood disorder, after all), there are often many physical symptoms that tend to manifest themselves in the body as depression occurs.
In addition to back aches and pains, many patients who have depression also tend to experience headaches, stomach cramps, and nausea. As you may have noticed, these too are all conditions that tend to be associated with the elderly and the senior citizens as well. If there issuch a strong and noticeable overlap between these conditions – notably, back pain, depression, and aging, than surely there must be a way that we can find a treatment plan that can, for lack of a better term, kill three birds with one stone.
Fortunately, it looks like we do know what that treatment plan is, and it goes by the name of chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatments have been shown to provide vast relief for patients experiencing at least one of these symptoms, so it only makes sense that it would have the ability to treat all three at once as well. When it comes to aging, the natural wear and tear that has affected the body over time begins to really take its toll on senior citizens. Back and neck pains begin to occur, which may lead to arthritis or some other form of stiffness and immobility. As this happens, many elderly people find themselves limited in their capability to live a quality life, which may very well lead to depression.
A chiropractor can help at this stage. Going to regular weekly or bi weekly treatments at a local chiropractic clinic has been shown to improve symptoms of physical pain, discomfort, and stiffness in elderly patients. This tends to increase the amount of mobility within the lives of these patients, which more often than not tends to greatly increase overall rates of life satisfaction and quality.