Many elderly people struggle to move in the way they once did and suffer from a decreased range of motion. Chiropractic care can improve range of motion in the neck and spine as well as the extremities.
Many elderly people struggle to move in the way they once did and suffer from a decreased range of motion. Chiropractic care can improve range of motion in the neck and spine as well as the extremities. Improving Health and Immune System Function. Chiropractic care addresses subluxations along the nervous system.
If there is a special senior in your life that is struggling with pain, discomfort, immobility or other issues inhibiting their ability to get up and move, then it may be time for them to visit a chiropractor. There are a number of amazing benefits specifically for seniors considering chiropractic care, and unfortunately many seniors are unaware of these benefits and of the possibility that comes with routine care.
Regular visits with a chiropractor can help any elderly person in the following ways:
Elderly individuals who are experiencing pain and discomfort in their neck, spine, back and joints can greatly benefit from chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractic care is one of the most effective and safest ways to treat spinal related pain. Chiropractors can help readjust misalignments in the spine that may be having an effect on the central nervous system and on different discs, muscles and tendons.
Improving Range of Motion
Many elderly people struggle to move in the way they once did and suffer from a decreased range of motion. This can prevent any person from living the life that they want to and make it difficult to do everyday tasks such as brushing their teeth or putting away their dishes. Chiropractic care can improve range of motion in the neck and spine as well as the extremities
Improving Health and Immune System Function
Chiropractic care addresses subluxations along the nervous system. When subluxations occur, the nervous system is unable to function in the way it is supposed to and it can prevent the brain from spending important messages throughout the body. When elderly individuals receive routine care their nervous system and their immune system can function properly, meaning less sick days and fewer chances of catching illnesses.
Regular chiropractic care, specifically care focused on joint arthritis can greatly improve this condition in elderly adults. It can also help relieve the pain and discomfort that often comes with arthritis. Arthritis has become an epidemic among elderly individuals, but routine chiropractic care can help these individuals find the relief they have been looking for without medication.
Decreased Joint Degeneration
Unfortunately, one of the many things that accompanies getting older is decreased joint degeneration. A misalignment in the spine can cause the vertebrae and the discs in the spine to degenerate at a rapid pace. Regular chiropractic care can slow down this process preventing more serious back issues from forming.
If there is an elderly individual in your life that you believe could benefit from this care, then encourage them to visit a chiropractor. Dedicated care from a professional doctor of chiropractic may be just what they need to get back the quality of life that they deserve. No person is too young or too old to start seeing a chiropractor and to start benefiting from regular chiropractic adjustments. With the right care, any elderly individual can start seeing results fast as they enjoy living the pain-free, healthy life they have always wanted to while living out their golden years.
Adult spinal deformity
Adult spinal deformity – defined as a deviation in the alignment of the spinal column of more than 10 degrees when viewed from the front, or a loss in normal curvature when viewed from the side – can have a major impact on quality of life. Symptoms may include significant pain, reduced function and reduced quality of life.
Adult spinal deformity refers to a group of conditions in which the spinal column bends abnormally either to the right or to the left. It is commonly associated with a forward-bending posture and increased hunching of the upper back (Hyperkyphotic Posture).
Individuals seeking medical attention for adult spinal deformities usually fall into one of five categories – those who:
- Developed a deforming curvature of the spine in childhood or adolescence which has progressed or become more symptomatic in adulthood.
- Develop de novo (new) deformities resulting from injury or “wear and tear” arthritis (osteoarthritis). Injury-related deformities can occur at any time, while those related to osteoarthritis develop in later adulthood and progress with age.
- Have poor bone quality and osteoporosis that leads to the collapse of vertebrae, which are the “building blocks” of the spinal column.
- Have a specific focal problem, such as a degenerative intervertebral disc or spondylolisthesis, a condition in which the affected vertebra slips forward relative to the vertebra below it, both of which can cause a “cascade” of degenerative changes to the spine.
- Have had spinal surgery in the past and, due to ongoing or accelerated wear and tear (or sometimes, due to the position of a previous fusion procedure), develop deformity of the spinal column.
“More than half of all individuals over 60 have some level of spinal deformity. As our population ages, that prevalence goes up.”
Spinal deformities become progressive, chronic conditions that can have a significant impact on quality of life and function.
Malalignment and poor balance, rather than pain, may be the primary issue that leads to disability. These patients may be unable to stand erect for long periods of time or to walk far because they get exhausted and cannot maintain the posture needed to do so.
The goals of conservative treatment of adult spinal deformity are pain relief, improvement of function, and in some cases correction. Depending on the nature of the deformity, the Doctor may use a variety of techniques to bring the spine back into alignment, secure it as necessary with specialized bracing to relieve nerve pain.
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