Chiropractic Care and Aging
By Krista Elliott
It was the inimitable Bette Davis who once said, “Getting old is not for sissies.” The great actress of yesteryear wasn’t wrong. Getting older comes with its own set of rewards, such as wisdom, self-assuredness, confidence, self-acceptance, and perspective. However, it can come with some challenges, particularly in the physical realm.
Even as early as our 40s (and your author is among this distinguished group), we start to lose flexibility, muscle tone, and bone strength. This can make it difficult to perform activities as simple as getting up from a seated position on the floor, or as complex as dancing or biking. As well, aging also is accompanied by an increase in pain, caused by joint, muscle and bone conditions such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and osteoarthritis.
In fact, according to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 50 percent of worldwide chronic conditions in people 60 or over are joint diseases. That’s a whole lot of seniors who are experiencing a lot of pain, interfering with enjoyment of their daily activities.
However, there is hope! What if I were to tell you that there is a comfortable, non-invasive, drug-free way to help reduce your pain AND treat your condition at the source?
If you guessed “chiropractic care”, then you’re right!
Okay, so it wasn’t a difficult guess, considering which website you’re visiting right now. But read on, and see just how chiropractic care, like the quality care you receive at The Joint Chiropractic, can help you.
It Can Reduce Pain: In a 2012 study, it was found that there is a multi-sourced body of knowledge “that supports the effectiveness of SMT (spinal manipulative therapy) for many conditions that affect older patients.” Conditions studied included lower back pain, neck pain, and knee pain, both with and without stenosis.
It Can Improve Range of Motion and Flexibility: By ensuring that your joints are in alignment, the muscles in your body work in better concert, which can help to improve your balance and flexibility. And when your pain is reduced, your range of motion commonly increases as well, which also helps improve your balance. This all helps reduce the risk of falling, and improves your ability to continue with the activities you enjoy.
It Can Improve Your Quality of Life: It stands to reason that when you’re not in pain, and when you’re able to do the activities you enjoy, your quality of life is better than it would be otherwise. This is borne out by the numbers. A 2013 Rand study showed significant markers of improved quality of life among chiropractic patients, such as self-described good health, fuller social lives, regular exercise, lower use of prescription drugs, and less time spent in hospitals.
Getting older may come with its challenges, but chiropractic care from the doctors at The Joint Chiropractic is an excellent tool in your arsenal to manage some of these challenges, helping you live life to the absolute fullest.