When Seniors Need a Boost Chiropractic May Help
By Sandy Schroeder
Through most of life, the issues of mobility and independence are easily taken for granted. But being able to move freely, or live independently, loom much larger for many seniors.
Nearly one-third to one-half of adults 65 and older deal with some form of limited mobility, according to the Harvard medical community.
Walkers, wheelchairs and canes help. But making sure mobility is not completely relinquished is a more serious question. That’s where chiropractors may be able to help.
When age, arthritis, illness and injuries change seniors from vibrant, active individuals to slower moving, often much sadder shadows of their former selves, life can quickly spiral downward. That motivation to be up and about, enjoying breakfast, or going out to talk with neighbors or friends, can waiver. Moving less and sleeping more can add weight and increase weakness.
If there is a senior in your family facing mobility or independence questions, The Joint Chiropractic may be able to help turn things around.
The Joint’s licensed chiropractors have been trained to respond to senior needs safely and effectively. First the chiropractor will do a spinal adjustment to find any vertebrae that are misaligned, causing nerve blockage which may trigger pain and impact other systems.
The goal will be to trace the sources of pain seeking relief without using medications or surgery.
A New Start
As treatment evolves, seniors may be delighted to be able to move more easily as they increase their range of motion. Now they may be able to work a garden, play with grandkids, or simply pick up things from the floor that they could not reach before.
Improved balance and coordination may also result from chiropractic treatment, saving the senior from falls, and allowing them to keep moving more safely.
Moving more, versus sitting or simply lying down a lot, can be key to helping seniors stay stronger and more involved with their lives.
I know seniors who have made this work with the help of their chiropractors. As life threatened to close in around them, they dug in and pushed back. They worked in their gardens, called friends, and stayed involved with their family and community projects.
Helping seniors stay on track could be as easy as a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. The Joint makes it easy, offering private, affordable care programs in place of insurance, and flexible, extended hours. Walk-in visits are welcome.