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1. Why is Chiropractic care so important for the maturing adult?
Chiropractic care is extremely important for the maturing and elderly adult because of the dramatic changes that occur in the spine with increasing age. As we age, spinal discs, joints, ligaments, muscles and other spinal tissues become weaker, less hydrated, more fibrotic, and less able to withstand normal stresses. As a result, spinal pain from spinal degeneration (arthritis) becomes more prominent, tissue injury from everyday events occurs, and the time to heal from injuries increases.
Chiropractic procedures take into consideration the nature of the aging spine and the many abnormalities present to provide a strategically effective, safe and noninvasive treatment plan. Through the use of gentle adjustive and mobilization techniques, physical therapies, and incorporation of stretching and exercise programs spinal pain is reduced, spinal stresses are decreased, flexibility and mobility are improved, and degeneration is minimized.
Treatment techniques must focus on the underlying problem and involve participation of the patient in order to be truly effective and long lasting. Treatments which solely focus on pain and other "symptoms" only, are far less effective, and are often dangerous since the conditions causing the symptoms remain untreated and uncorrected.
2. What benefits does Chiropractic care provide for the maturing adult?
Routine chiropractic care has a number of benefits which are especially important for maturing adults:
· spinal and extremity pain relief
· decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
· increased mobility and range of motion
· increased balance and coordination
· increased sense of well being
· increased energy
· enhanced tissue healing
· decreased tissue inflammation
· increased joint health
· decreased arthritis and arthritic joint pain
· minimized spinal stress and subsequent degeneration
· minimized risk of fall injuries
3. Are there any studies showing the benefits of Chiropractic care in the aging?
A recent study evaluated the health status of 414 elderly individuals (average age of 80 years) and compared those individuals under chiropractic care with those not under chiropractic care. The researchers found a number of significant findings which included:
· 87% of those who used chiropractic care rated their health as good or excellent
compared with only 68% in the non-
· 13% of those who used chiropractic care rated their health as fair or poor compared
with 32% in the non-
· 44% of those who used chiropractic care reported having arthritis compared with
66% in the non-
· Those who used chiropractic care were more likely to do strenuous levels of exercise
· At 3 years follow-
· At 3 years follow-
Study Coulter, PhD et al. Chiropractic and Care for the Elderly. Top Clin Chiro
4. What can Chiropractic care at Healing Hands Wellness do for me?
Ø Chiropractic Increases Spinal Range of Motion: Increasing spinal range of motion can positively influence lives in many ways. For some, an increased range of motion means being able to bend down to pickup the grandchildren. For others, it translates into an extra 30 yards of distance out of their driver on the golf course.
Ø Chiropractic Decreases the Frequency and Severity of Back, Neck and Head Pain:
The treatments utilized by chiropractors have been consistently shown to be one of
the most effective and safest forms of care to treat the majority of back, neck and
head pain complaints. This is because most causes of back, neck and head disorders
are related to abnormalities of the soft tissue components within the spine -
Ø Chiropractic Increases Balance and Coordination: As we age, balance and coordination become increasingly impaired. Studies have shown that the receptors located in the joints of the upper cervical spine are largely responsible for providing the brain with essential information important for balance and coordination. Research has also shown that injury to these "neck" receptors is a significant cause of balance and coordination problems in humans.
Ø Chiropractic Can Decrease Fall Injuries, as well as Other Injuries: Fall injuries
are extremely prevalent in the elderly population and are one of the most detrimental
events that can occur to the older individual. According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are responsible for 90% of the 850,000 bone fractures
which occur annually among Americans past the age of 65. Chiropractors reduce the
risk of falls by (1) utilizing specific chiropractic adjustive techniques in the
cervical spine to normalize cervical joint receptors which provide the brain with
important balance and coordination information, (2) utilizing stretching and exercise
programs to increase strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and coordination, and
(3) utilizing diet and nutritional counseling to improve nutritional status, increase
energy levels, and increase sense of well-
Ø Chiropractic Increases Joint Nutrition and Decreases Spinal Joint Arthritis: Spinal
discs and spinal facet joints, similar to other joints, receive their nutrition and
eliminate their wastes through joint movement. Without sufficient movement, adhesions
and scar tissue will soon develop in the joints. Chiropractic care involves restoring
and optimizing spinal and extra-
Ø Chiropractic Decreases Joint and Tissue Degeneration through Optimizing Biomechanics:
Similar to an out-
Ø Chiropractic Increases Health and Well-
5. Is Chiropractic care at Healing Hands Wellness covered by Medicare?
After the initial consultation and examination, Medicare covers nearly all of the chiropractic adjustment, the main technique used in your treatment. Often times, the patient has a secondary insurance which pays the small balance left over that Medicare does not cover. Medicare’s coverage allows chiropractic care at Healing Hands Wellness & Chiropractic Center to be affordable to all seniors!
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