Aging. Something that we all go through. Many people try things that will make that process a bit more graceful such as eating healthier, staying active, or using special anti-aging creams. But there’s one thing that most people don’t think about doing in tandem with these actions, and that’s getting regular chiropractic care.
We’ve put together a list of five main reasons chiropractic care helps people age gracefully and improves the quality of their body, and life, in general.
The main reason people usually end up coming to a chiropractor in the first place is to reduce pain somewhere. As people age, they tend to experience pain more due to the natural wearing of joints, degenerative diseases, or injuries. Chiropractors are trained to identify and treat issues specific to the spine and spinal area that affect people’s central nervous system.
One could take medication for the pain but that only masks it for a short time whereas getting chiropractic care can lead to long term reduction of pain. With the spine put into correct alignment, the whole idea is that the rest of your body will follow suit, tending to make the body more fit, more relaxed, and in less pain. Plus, chiropractic care helps avoid degenerative joint diseases because your joints stay lubricated during movement.
Increases Flexibility and Range of Motion
A toddler can take their leg, stretch it up, and touch it to the front of their face. Most children can bend down and touch their toes easily with no bend in the knee. Unfortunately, as we age, this ability starts to diminish.
Our joints get tighter, our muscles get weaker, and our range of motion gets smaller and smaller. The only way to stop these things from getting out of hand is to keep one’s body active and one’s spine moving.
Chiropractic care has been shown to greatly increase flexibility and range of motion in not only the spine but in other areas of the body as well. There’s a reason that sports teams usually have chiropractors on their staff and why older people are recommended to see a chiropractor regularly.
Reduces Chance of Sickness
Think about it. Your spine is a super important part of your body, playing crucial roles in the central nervous system and having connections to other areas of the body. The central nervous system and your immune system have a sort of “Take care of me, I’ll take care of you” relationship.
By keeping your spine healthy, you therein keep other major systems in the body healthier as well, which includes your immune system. In a study published in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, researchers found that chiropractic adjustments (which affect the Central Nervous System) could positively affect the immune system.
Increased Balance and Coordination
Chiropractic care not only reduces pain and increases flexibility, but those benefits also come with an increase in balance and coordination. This point is extremely relevant to senior citizens, as this can minimize the risk of them falling, which is a health hazard among the elderly.
Issues with balance or coordination usually stem from degenerative diseases in the neck or back area or injuries. With aging comes slight defects in one’s sense of body awareness, so being thrown off balance is easier and coordinating movements can become harder. With chiropractic care, the joints are stimulated, telling them to keep working and moving, and it helps them stay as strong as possible.
Improves Quality of Life
With the reduction of pain, the increase in flexibility and range of motion, a lesser chance of becoming sick, the increase in balance and coordination, people can be on the path to being a happier person in general. When one is in less pain and able to move more, they are more likely to want to stay active, helping keep their body and mind healthy.
There are various other benefits from chiropractic care including a healthier pregnancy for pregnant women, easier breathing and better digestion. Chiropractic care may be about your spine but your spine plays an imperative role in the healthy functioning of your entire body.
Of course, one should be eating healthy, staying active, and doing regular stretching, but paired with chiropractic care, one can age even more gracefully than they would have before.
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