How Chiropractic Care Can Help Seniors Prevent Falls

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Seniors Prevent Falls

Falling is one of the leading causes of hospitalizations for seniors. Each year, one in three adults aged 65 years or older fall. This often leads to severe injuries to the hips or head, and can even lead to premature death. Sounds scary, but chiropractic care can help prevent falls!

Why Seniors Fall

Falls are usually the result of a decline in the nervous system function that occurs when people age. As the body degenerates, natural spinal misalignments occur that impair nerve signals sent to and from the brain. This leads to a loss of balance, poor control of the limbs, a decrease in mobility and a drastic increase in the risk of falling. In order to prevent seniors from falling, the body must be realigned in order to decrease the rate of degeneration and improve nervous system function. Chiropractic care achieves this through safe and effective techniques like manipulation and massage.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Seniors and Can It Be Used With Other Forms of Medical Treatment?

According to the American Chiropractic Association,  a growing list of research studies and reviews demonstrate that the services provided by chiropractors are clinically effective, safe and cost effective.

Chiropractic care can also offer the elderly relief from many debilitating conditions such as osteoarthritis, neck and arthritic pain, headaches, insomnia, digestive problems, degenerative disc disease, as well as other conditions that can cause decreased function.

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach that can either be used as another treatment option for pain or in conjunction with medical treatment prescribed by a medical professional.

Better Mobility

Another common cause of falls is a decrease in mobility. If you’re not familiar with the term, mobility is the amount of strength in a muscle’s range of motion.

Chiropractic care helps improve mobility through joint manipulation, soft tissue work and functional exercise prescription. This improves joint range of motion, mobility and flexibility while also improving overall health and happiness.

Improves Balance and Coordination

Imbalances caused by spinal degeneration impairs the nervous system’s ability to send signals to and from the brain. Once these signals are compromised, the body’s balance and coordination are greatly affected, leading to an increased chance of sustaining a fall.

Through the application of gentle spinal manipulations, chiropractors are able to realign the spinal system and take pressure off nearby nerves. This also improves the body’s neural communication, which can lead to an increase in balance and coordination.

Why Choose Goodyear Chiropractic

Falls may be common in aging adults, but they are also very preventable. Even if you’re older and have never seen a chiropractor before, it’s never too late. Through chiropractic treatment, you can regain control of your balance, prevent falls and have more confidence in your daily life.

If you are suffering from a lack of balance, decreased mobility, or poor control of your limbs, contact us today to schedule a consolation to see how our team of specialists can help you.