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Why Older Adults Need Chiropractic

By Brandi Goodman 

Older Americans Month in May encourages aging adults to stay on top of their health and well-being. One way you can do that is through regular chiropractic care. Older adults need chiropractic for many reasons, such as preventing falls and keeping the body limber.

Fall Prevention

As you age, it's likely that you'll experience some problems with your balance. Your bones and joints aren't as strong as they once were, which can make it more difficult to remain steady on your feet and avoid falling. Chiropractic care is one means of fall prevention. The chiropractor will offer adjustments that can help correct joint restrictions and ensure nothing is in the way of your mobility. With a well-adjusted spine and no aches, you'll be more likely to stay upright without worrying about that rug in the room.

Better Sleep

Aging can also have an impact on sleep. If you find yourself struggling to fall asleep at night because you're too busy tossing and turning with back pain, then a trip to the chiropractor is definitely in order. Chiropractic works to ease discomfort and tension within the body and helps to relax you. It can promote better sleep and ensure you get the rest your mind and body needs at night to excel during the day.

Avoiding Medications

Medications become the norm for many older adults. Heart problems, aching joints, poor memory, and more rely on pills to keep symptoms at bay. Many medications can have serious side effects, not to mention the damage they can do to kidneys. The first attempt at improving health and correcting problems should be with the chiropractor. Get chiropractic care to keep your body in the best shape possible so you can hopefully avoid some unnecessary medications, and thus -- side effects.

Additional Guidance

You'll receive far more than an adjustment at your chiropractic visit. You can address any health concerns you need with your doctor of chiropractic. You may receive additional guidance on nutrition that boosts joint health, exercises that are easy for older adults to perform, stretches that can help you stay limber, and perhaps even connections to other healthcare professionals in the area.

Chiropractic care is for everyone -- including older Americans. If you haven't yet started a regular chiropractic routine, take Older Americans Month as your cue to do so now. Visit The Joint at one of their more than 600 locations and find a doctor of chiropractic who offers gentle techniques that work well for your aging joints. It's well worth it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alexandria, Va.

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