A lot of people, especially the elderly, have little or almost no idea about the amazing benefits of receiving regular chiropractic care. Below is a list of advantages that seniors will begin to enjoy if they seek the assistance of a licensed chiropractor like Dr. Christine Graham of Divine Life Health Center.
Pain brought on by health conditions that are related to the spinal cord can be treated by chiropractic care, which is considered to be one of the safest and most effective health care methods. It is very widely known that the majority of spinal disorders are associated with the abnormalities in the spine and nearby soft tissues. Doctors of Chiropractic are educated and trained to determine and treat misalignments of the vertebrae, also referred to as subluxations, as well as their effects on the central nervous system. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines just mask the symptoms of the conditions. They also have several unwanted side effects.
Improved Range Of Motion Of The Extremities and The Spine
Several studies have shown that chiropractic care can improve and even increase the spine’s range of motion as well as that of the extremities. The improvement in the range of motion offers several advantages for seniors like being able to bed down and pick up their grandkids. They can also do their gardening tasks without having to feel pain or have an addition 40 yards of distance out for their driver when on the golf course. In many instances, an improved range of motion usually happens after undergoing a chiropractic adjustment. This is among the many reasons why countless professional sport teams have at least one chiropractor by their staff.
Increased Coordination and Balance
Several problems related to coordination and balance among the elderly have been attributed to degenerative changes on the neck region or cervical spine or perhaps from injury. The brain gets important information that is crucial for coordination and balance from the mechanoreceptors, which are found in the cervical spine’s posterior joints. They also provide key input about the head’s position in relation to the body. As people grow older, the function mechanoreceptors becomes impaired due to minor defects, which also leads to losing a sense of body awareness or also known as loss of proprioception. With problems with proprioception, the patient will experience impairment in his or her body positioning. Then the patient will depend on his or her vision to determine the location of the limb.
To make up for the loss of sense of body awareness or proprioception in the legs, the feet remain wider apart than normal. Patients begin to have irregular steps, which are uneven in length. When the condition worsens because of the severe loss of the patient’s proprioception, he or she will no longer be able to compensate. The patient will eventually be unable to stand up from his chair or after a fall without any help.
Research revealed that chiropractic care can assist in the restoration of the coordination and balance through the stimulation of the mechanoreceptors or joint receptors in the cervical spine. They believe that stimulation will normalize or restore the function of the joint receptor that results into better coordination and balance.
Diminished Joint Degeneration
A misaligned or subluxated spine is comparable to having a misaligned wheel on a car. The misalignment will result in premature deterioration of the spine. Getting your spine regularly aligned is important especially since every moving part will wear down eventually. North Myrtle Beach Chiropractic care can lessen spinal degeneration, lower back pain, as well as other arthritic alterations by normalizing the alignment of the spine and lessening spinal stress.
Improved Health And Well-being
Apart from experiencing lesser pain, a few of the other responses that patients who get regular chiropractic care are as follows:
- Feeling great and being able to sleep through the night
- Being able to work in the garden for a longer period of time
- Having so extra energy to spend
- Enjoying their improved lifestyle
- Better quality of life
Lower Risks Of Falling
Seniors have high incidence of falling. According to the report provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90% of the 850,000 bone fractures occur yearly among Americans who are at least 65 years old. With the help of chiropractors, the risks of falls can be reduced through the administration of chiropractic adjustments that can normalize the cervical spine’s mechanoreceptors. Exercise and stretching programs will also be prescribed to boost flexibility, strength, balance, mobility, and coordination.
Keeps Them Out Of Nursing Homes
Dr. Ian Coulter of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College participated in several research projects that focused on the advantages of exercise and chiropractic care. He published a study in 1996 that features the advantages of getting chiropractic care like:
- lower risks of suffering from arthritis
- Increased ability to do strenuous exercises
- Less time in a nursing home
- Lower risks of being hospitalized
Seniors do not have to suffer all these issues. They can enjoy the amazing benefits of receiving chiropractic care regularly. Call Divine Health Life Center if you want to know more how we can help.
Divine Life Health Center
2200 Premier Resort Blvd Unit C
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582