Senior Citizen’s Health
Chiropractic treatment is available for senior citizens and
offers a variety of different health care strategies, depending
on the severity of the condition, as well as the general health
of the patient. For those seniors who are in good physical
health and lead an active physical lifestyle, chiropractic can
offer significant help in many cases. These patients are treated
with pain relief and stabilization in mind so that they can
return to the active lifestyle that they enjoy.
Occasionally, some seniors enter our office with significant
additional health problems. Sometimes these additional health
problems can slow down the progress that may be expected under
chiropractic care. While there can still be wonderful benefits
for these types of cases, the ultimate goals must be tempered so
as to be realistic for the particular patient.
Goals that can be expected.
1. Complete pain relief with return to active lifestyle.
2. Partial pain relief with return to most activities.
3. Partial pain relief with return to only specific activities.
4. Slowing down the progression of the condition in advanced
If you notice in the goals listed above, there is quite a
difference between goal 1 and goal 4. This is usually due to the
health history of the patient, with goal 4 patients having
significant degeneration already present, inactive lifestyle, or
perhaps significant other health issues already in place. Even
in goal 4 patients there can significant help attained because
these patients typically appreciate the opportunity to slow down
the rate at which their conditions become worse.
Upon examination and consultation, the goals that can be
expected will be explained to you. Please remember that those
patients in this category need to be more patient with treatment
as they typically respond slower to care than patients who are
younger. While this fact may seem obvious, it needs to be stated
so that patients can have proper expectations.
A recent study published in Topics in Clinical Chiropractic
found chiropractic geriatric patients "less likely to have been
hospitalized, 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."
What was the "magic" that made the Chiropractic patients
healthier over all?
The study discovered that chiropractic geriatric patients get
more exercise and do more strenuous exercise, tend to be more
mobile, and use more community services. Geriatric patients
under chiropractic care were more likely to report their own
health as being good to excellent, reported less arthritis,
depression, and hospitalization, as well as fewer chronic
Call our office now to make sure that you live your “Golden
Years” with great health and vitality.