If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times. As adulthood approaches we hear, “my back is starting to hurt because I’m getting older.” Or, “my knee is getting arthritis in it because I’m aging.” Well, if that were the case, everyone’s back would become painful as they aged and both knees would become arthritic, not just one! We know this is not the case, so get over it! We can’t blame our age for our health problems. Our bodies were born to be healthy throughout our life – it’s what we do to our bodies over our lifetime that gets us into trouble.
Adulthood is probably the most stressful stage in our life cycle; stress causes many health problems – chiropractic can help your body deal with stress better.
Chiropractic care is essential for adulthood. Chiropractic has been proven to be effective in helping the body deal with back pain1, neck pain2, headaches3,4, arthritis, fatigue6, fibromyalgia7, sleep disorders8, and digestive health.9 The best way to see if chiropractic can help you is to give it a try!
- Chronic spinal pain – a randomized clinical trial comparing medication, acupuncture and spinal manipulation. Giles LGF, Muller R. Spine 2003;28:1490-1503.
- Manipulation and mobilization of the cervical spine. Hurwitz EL, Aker PD et al. Spine, 1996;21(15):1746-1760
- A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Tuchin PJ, Pollard H, Bonello R. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics Feb. 2000:23(2), PP.91-5.
- The effect of spinal manipulation in the treatment of cervicogenic headache. Nilsson N, Christensen HW, Hartvigsen J. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1997; 20:326-330.
- Effective treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome. Case studies of 70 patients. Farinelli, EJ, Proceedings of the 1989 International Conference on Spinal Manipulation. March 31-April 1, 1989.
- The effectiveness of chiropractic management of fibromyalgia patients: a pilot study. Blunt KL, Rajwani MH, and Guerriero RC. J Manipulative Physiological Therapy; 1997: 20(6):389-99.
- Cervical angles in sleep apnea patients: a retrospective study. Dobson GJ, Blanks RHI, Boone WR, McCoy HG, J Vertebral Subluxation Research 3(1), Mar, 1999. p. 9-23.
- Osteophytes of the spine compressing the sympathetic trunk and splanchnic nerves in the thorax. Nathan H. Spine, 1987;12:527-532.
One of the biggest issues with seniors as they age is trying maintaining a high quality of life. This means freedom. Initiating chiropractic at later stages of life can make incredible differences in quality of life.
More and more seniors are experiencing remarkable changes in their health by incorporating chiropractic as part of their wellness strategy.
A study published in 2003 concluded that, “Chiropractors may administer more prevention and health-promotion services than any other health profession”. It further concluded, “Patients receiving chiropractic management appeared to replace medical management rather than be complementary to medical treatment….The need for hospitalization and the high costs associated with that service were markedly reduced for the patient receiving chiropractic”. Chiropractic seniors saw their medical doctor only half as often and they took nearly 70% less drugs. 96% of the chiropractic patients believed their care to be either ‘considerably’ or ‘extremely’ valuable.
Another study published in 1996 stated, “It was found that chiropractic users were less likely to have used a nursing home, more likely to report a better health status, more likely to exercise vigorously, and more likely to be mobile in the community. In addition, they were less likely to use prescription drugs.”
Family Wellness For seniors, it’s all about Quality of Life.
The results of a three year randomized trial of people 75 years of age and over revealed better overall health and a higher quality of life among those who use chiropractic care. Elderly chiropractic patients have fewer chronic conditions, spend fewer days in nursing homes and hospitals, are more mobile in their communities and are less likely to use prescription drugs than non-chiropractic patients, according to a study conducted by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research through the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. In addition, 87% of chiropractic patients described their health as excellent compared to just 67.8% of non-chiropractic patients.
- Maintenance care: health promotion services to US chiropractic patients aged 65 and over, Part 11. Rupert, RL, Manello D, Sandefur R: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2003;23(1):10.
- Chiropractic patients in a comprehensive home-based geriatric assessment, follow-up and home promotion program. Coulter ID et al. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic 1996: 3(2): 46-55.
- Study Associates chiropractic with better health in the elderly. Today’s Chiropractic November/December 1996 originally published by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.