Chiropractic for Older Adults
As you get older, you may find you’re experiencing more aches and pains. You are not alone! It has been reported about a third of Canadian seniors aged 75 years or older experience mild, moderate, or severe pain. Musculoskeletal conditions (affecting muscles, joints, and ligaments) are the most common causes of long-term pain and disability. This can profoundly affect the quality of life for older adults with respect to mobility, social independence, activities of daily living, and sleep patterns. In addition, pain and dysfunction can lead to increased use of over-the-counter pain medications, which may interact with existing medications being taken for other health issues.
Chiropractic is a safe and effective alternative therapy for:
- acute, periodic episodes of musculoskeletal pain
- managing/minimizing day-to-day discomfort from chronic conditions that may have developed in an older adult
- preventing new problems from developing and improving overall wellness
Dr. Tracy Leach treats many seniors in her practice, and sees first hand the benefits they enjoy from this natural form of health care.
Some areas of concern for the senior patient may include:
- Pain from degenerative joint conditions such as osteoarthritis
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
- Osteoporosis (requiring a modified approach to treatment for other conditions)
As always, the chiropractic techniques used are modified and adapted to suit the individual needs of the patient to ensure optimal comfort and promote healing.