chiropractic care in the elderly.
Can older people have chiropractic care?
Firstly, chiropractic care is appropriate for the elderly population. Because we use several different techniques in the clinic, not just spinal manipulative therapy, we can select more appropriate techniques which are gentler and more appropriate for the patient in front of us. We can select from several modalities including mobilisations, dry needling, activator to name a few.
We go grey, we go bald, and we get wrinkles, our joints go through this same aging process and can be quite different from person to person. Older patients will often experience stiffness and aching which waxes and wanes, comes and goes, and can be dependent on activity. With the right combination of treatment techniques pain levels can be vastly reduced, and mobility greatly improved. All this adds up to an improved quality of life, whether it be being able to pick the grandkids up, get out in the garden or simply walk further pain-free.
One of the biggest risks of morbidity in the elderly is falling, by being more mobile and active we can build strength and resilience (active care) which will reduce this risk significantly.
Lastly, Chiropractic care is more than just pain relief. We give our patients advice about nutrition, movement, and light exercises. This can improve your sleep and give you more confidence. In addition, this generally makes you feel better.