One of the amazing things about Chiropractic care is that everyone and everybody can benefit from it; Chiropractic care is not gender or age-specific.
This is a very good thing, since we are growing older and older at an alarming rate. According to an on-line article over 8,000 people turn 65 every day in North America. Statistics suggest that between the years of 1990 and 2020, it is very likely that the total number of this group of senior citizens will grow by 71% – more than twice the rate of growth in the general population! If this is true, by the year 2020, one out of six Americans will be over the age of These percentage statistics likely 65.1follow the same course in most other countries in the Western World.
Older But Better?
Just because we’re getting older doesn’t mean we have to feel older! Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts that is ideally suited to take care of this aging generation. Movement is the expression of life and Chiropractors are the ones who keep your joints moving! Vertebral subluxations can cause joint degeneration, altered balance and pain. Chiropractic adjustments are the only therapeutic tool that has been specifically designed to correct for spinal subluxations!
The scientific community raves about the benefits of Chiropractic care for seniors. In one article published in Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, the author compliments Chiropractic for its safety, low-cost and consistently high level of patient satisfaction. He goes on to mention that with respect to the musculoskeletal care of elderly patients, Chiropractic care is recommended by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, plus the American Geriatric Society – especially when it comes to acute lower back pain.2
Need more proof?
In the mid-1990s, several researchers conducted a comprehensive health study concerning a large group (400+) of senior citizens with an average age over 65 years, and compared those who were receiving Chiropractic care with those who were not. There were many significant differences between the two sub-groups:
- 87% of those who used Chiropractic care rated their health as good or excellent. Only 68% in the non-Chiropractic group used this same rating.
- Only 13% of those who used Chiropractic care rated their health as fair or poor compared with 32% in the non-Chiropractic group.
- Arthritis was reported in only 44% of the group who used Chiropractic care, whereas 66% of the non Chiropractic care group reported suffering from this condition.
- At 3 years follow-up, only 26% of those who used Chiropractic care were hospitalized compared with 48% of those in the non-Chiropractic group.
- At that same 3 years follow-up, less than 5% of those who used Chiropractic care were utilizing a nursing home while a staggering 48% of those who did not use Chiropractic care did incorporate a nursing home in their daily activities!3
With the aging population, life is not all about the quantity, it’s about the QUALITY! Chiropractic helps to increase your quality of life by decreasing your back pain and increasing your mobility, so you can get out there and enjoy the activities that make you smile. Having proper spinal alignment has also been known to de-stress and balance the nervous system. Since the nerves keep the brain and body communicating properly, a nervous system free of irritation and interference can benefit a wide-range of other bodily systems!
Research shows that patients over the age of 65 who use regular Chiropractic maintenance reported needing to make only half the number of medical office visits on any given year, compared to those of similar age who did not use Chiropractic!4body for our entire life, wouldn’t YOU like to have yours remain functional as long as possible? According to this study, if you use Chiropractic on a regular basis, you can!
Tell your parents, grand-parents, aunts and uncles about Chiropractic too. In a friendly and professional manner, your Chiropractor will conduct a thorough assessment of their spines in order to determine whether they have vertebral subluxations limiting their true potential. Then, with a combination of Chiropractic adjustments, plus advice for gentle stretches and exercises, your Chiropractor will help to keep your loved ones healthy and happy. Since we only have one