As we age, our body goes through a lot of changes. We may not be able to do the things we used to do as easily. And we may start to feel pain in places where we never felt it before. Just because we’re getting older doesn’t mean we have to give up on feeling our best.
Chiropractic care can help us fight the effects of aging and keep our bodies feeling young and strong. Here are six ways chiropractic care can help:
1. Improves Joint Function
As we age, our joints can start to ache and feel stiff. This is because the soft tissues ligaments and cartilage that cushions the joints starts to break down (degenerate). This can lead to inflammation, irritation and resulting pain. Chiropractic adjustments help improve joint function, promoting a better nutrient exchange across the joint and reducing inflammation.
One common technique is called spinal manipulation, which involves applying pressure to the joints of the spine promoting improvement in range of motion and movement. This can help to realign the spine and reduce pressure on the nerves.
Chiropractors may also use ice or heat therapy, electrical stimulation, or laser therapy to reduce pain and inflammation. By using a combination of these techniques, you can really start to feel the benefits.
2. Reduces Arthritis Pain
Arthritis is a common condition that affects people as they age. It occurs when the cartilage between your joints breaks down due to wear and tear, it can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce arthritis pain by restoring normal joint function, health and range of motion to the joints.
3. Increases Bone Density
As we age, skeletal bones can start to lose density making them more susceptible to fractures and breaks. Chiropractic care can help increase bone density. Bone density is a measure of the strength and health of bones. It usually declines as we age due to decreased activity, decreased hormonal activity and environmental factors which can all lead to a greater risk of fractures.
However, the gentle manipulation of joints thru chiropractic adjustments has been shown to increase bone density in some patients as it promotes improved motion. Motion of the joints is what keeps them healthy. This effect is thought to be due to the release of osteocalcin, a protein that helps to promote bone growth. As a result, chiropractic care may provide a valuable way to improve bone density and reduce the risk of fractures.
4. Boosts Immunity
Your immune system starts to decline as you age as well, making you more susceptible to infections and illnesses. But regular chiropractic adjustments can help boost your immunity by stimulating the production of white blood cells.
One study found that chiropractic adjustments increased the production of white blood cells, which are essential for fighting infection. The study’s authors believe that the chiropractic adjustments may stimulate the production of cytokines, which are proteins that help to regulate immunity.
In addition, chiropractic care has been shown to reduce stress levels, which can also boost immunity. As a result, it seems that chiropractic care may offer a simple and effective way to keep the immune system running smoothly.
5. Improves Balance
As we age, it can also become more difficult to remain steady on our feet. This may be due to misalignments in the spine and extremities. These are yet more areas where chiropractic care may have a beneficial effect.
When the spine is out of alignment, it can interfere with nerve signaling and cause imbalances in the body and structures of the brain that regulate balance and coordination. Chiropractic adjustments help to restore proper alignment and allow the nervous system to function more normally. This, in turn, can help to improve balance and coordination.
In addition, chiropractic care can help to release tension in the muscles and improve circulation. These effects may also contribute to improved balance. Therefore, chiropractic care may provide significant benefits for those who are struggling with balance issues.
6. Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a common problem among older adults, but it can also be controlled with regular chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments stimulate the nervous system, which helps regulate blood pressure levels throughout the body.
Your Chiropractor Can Help You Push Back Against ‘Just Getting Older’
Chiropractic care offers a variety of benefits for older adults who want to stay active and healthy as they age. These benefits include improved joint function, reduced arthritis pain, increased bone density, boosted immunity, improved balance, and lower blood pressure levels. If you’re looking for a way to fight the effects of aging, look no further than your local chiropractor!
For more than a quarter of a century, Dr. Paul Quarneri of Neurolink Chiropractic has served patients with a variety of neck and back issues. His commitment to chiropractic care and functional neurology has given many patients their lives back, and he can do the same for you. If you’re not ready to let age win the battle for your mobility, give him a call today.