Chiropractic Care As You Age
As we age, our bodies inevitably change. While many people associate aging with negative side effects – like aches and pains – the truth is that our “golden years” are better than ever! Thanks to new advances in technology and medicine, it’s easier than ever to age gracefully. But, no matter how well we treat our bodies, we may need an occasional tune-up. The body is like a car – occasionally, it needs repairs and checks to run properly. Thankfully, chiropractic treatment can help us age gracefully.
Unfortunately, seniors are more prone to aches and discomfort as a result of mobility issues. Senior citizens’ stiff joints are a result of neck and back pain that comprises the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine. This, in turn, causes pain. Additionally, seniors are prone to joint deterioration, a condition where the cartilage between the joints begins to erode.
To alleviate joint deterioration, chiropractors will practice spinal realignment – a series of gentle movements that relieve spinal pressure which, in turn, de-stresses joints and slows degeneration. To treat other common ailments, such as joint pain and discomfort, chiropractors will perform chiropractic adjustments to reduce pain and relieve tension. These adjustments will have numerous benefits, including:
Improved range of motion
After receiving treatment, many chiropractors will also give their patients “homework” or small exercise to complete at home.
The Benefits of Senior Chiropractic Care
There are many benefits to frequent chiropractic care as you age. First, chiropractic care helps seniors stay active. Chiropractic patients have more joint flexibility and less pain – meaning they’re more likely to exercise. Second, this type of treatment boots antioxidants. Antioxidants, which fight against free radicals, play a role in the aging process. Chiropractic care boosts antioxidant levels, meaning it can have a powerful anti-aging effect. On a similar note, chiropractic care can also reduce stress, anxiety, and even blood pressure in people of all ages.
Finally, chiropractic care reduces the need for medication and surgery. While medication and surgery can be necessary to live a long, happy life, chiropractors see them as a last resort, rather than the first option. Alternative methods of medication can provide natural and holistic alternatives to medications and surgeries with dangerous side effects.
Dr. Michael Hartle and his team are experts in treating patients using natural, holistic methods that promote a healthy lifestyle. Book an appointment today! Dr. Hartle can usually see you the same day you book an appointment.