Think you have to live with back pain just because you’re growing old? You’re not alone. Research shows that although older adults are more likely to experience back pain, they are less likely to seek care for their pain than younger adults. Even though everyone can expect to experience more aches and pain with age, there’s no reason why that pain should hamper your ability to enjoy life to its fullest.
There may be no fountain of youth, but there are simple yet effective ways to keep your body functioning well in spite of age. More and more older adults are turning to chiropractic to fend off pain in their golden years. A 2009 study found that older patients receiving chiropractic adjustments experience significantly less disability and pain compared to patients not receiving chiropractic.
Chiropractic works best when combined with exercise and nutrition. A recent study of older adults showed that those involved in physical activity had substantially less pain-related disability than non-active adults. By improving balance, gait, and strength, exercise and chiropractic can also play an important role in fall prevention.
The researchers pointed out that adequate nutrition and supplementation can also support fall prevention. Your chiropractor can coach you in making the right dietary and vitamin choices.
Chiropractic care is more than just treating pain. It’s also about helping you lead a fulfilling, healthy life – regardless of age.
Dougherty PE, Hawk C, and Weiner D, et al. The role of chiropractic care in older adults. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2012; 20 (3): doi:10.1186/2045-709X-20-3.