Aging is a natural and normal process which each person must undergo.Part of this aging process involves the deterioration of tissues, especially of the spine. This happens on an individual bases depending on the amount of stress and abuse the body has taken. Factor s that determine this are job, lifestyle and spinal check ups. With inadequate spinal hygiene and learning what you can do to protect your spine the deterioration increases.
Why this happens is easily understood: the elastic discs and supporting ligaments have lost much of their ability to stretch and move due to aging, and are therefore less flexible.As a person ages, the muscles which help to maintain the spine in its normal alignment begin to lose the tone needed to maintain balance. When this occurs, the spinal vertebrae have a greater tendency to slip or move erratically. This affects the spinal nerves which lead to vital parts of the body.
Chronic conditions associated with the process of aging, such as degenerative arthritis, circulatory disorders, constipation, depression, balance and coordination, osteoporosis, menopause and stiffness of various joints, may benefit from corrective spinal adjustments.
Chiropractic adjustments have many benefits for the older patient. Treatment relieves spinal and extremity pain, decreases stiffness and muscular spasms, increased mobility and range of motion, increased balance and coordination, increased sense of well being, increases energy, minimizes risk of fall injuries, decreases spinal stress and degeneration, decreases arthritic conditions, decreases tissue inflammation and enhances tissue healing.
The older adults happiness largely depends on physical health and mental attitude. Chiropractors know the importance of having the older adult function and live as a vital member of society. Studies have been done on the health promotion and preventative attitudes of chiropractors. The studies seem to show that chiropractic patients 65 and older who receive regular chiropractic care have more positive health benefits. This type of positive health maintenance showed a decrease in smoking and prescription and over the counter drugs use.