Monday 18 May 2015

Seeing a chiropractor is beneficial for senior citizens.

People of all ages come through my door here at 'Your Back Clinic'. Over the past week I have treated children and teenagers, and many adults, including a large number who are well into their retirement years. My aim, when treating patients of any age is to reduce pain and discomfort, improve mobility, and to help them to live a happier, healthier, and more active life.

As we get older, many of us will start to develop increasing levels of joint and muscle pain and stiffness. This often leads to a reduction in our over overall mobility. And yet physical activity is crucial to our physical and mental well-being, so finding ways to maintain good health and a degree of physical fitness is essential. I believe chiropractic care can play an important role in this.

A fascinating new study from the United States has looked at how patients with back pain and other spine conditions rated their levels of wellness before and after receiving either chiropractic or medical treatment. They were asked to rate how well they felt they were able to perform a range of activities of daily living such as lifting, stooping, walking and reaching. This study followed more than 12,000 people who use the American Medicare social insurance program. The results revealed that at the end of the one year follow-up period, those who received chiropractic care had significantly less decline in their activities of daily living compared to those receiving the standard medical care.

The participants in the study were additionally asked to rate their satisfaction with the particular mode of care that they received. The rate of follow-up treatment satisfaction was also much greater in the group who saw a chiropractor.

I believe that the take home message from this study is that chiropractic care can help older people remain active and healthy for longer; something we should all aspire to achieve! So if you or someone you know is putting up with an achy back or maybe neck and blaming it on 'getting old', perhaps getting some chiropractic treatment will help. Certainly, if you are looking for a chiropractor in the Liverpool area, Your Back Clinic is ready to help.