Customized Gentle Chiropractic Adjustments Are Tailor-Made for Seniors

The average adult in the United States enjoys a longer life expectancy than ever before. With thousands of men and women turning 65 each day, the senior population is growing twice as fast as the general population. In fact, the number of older adults is set to double in the next few decades. It’s estimated that 98 million people in the US will be 65 or older by the year 2060.

You may be getting older, but that doesn’t mean you’re ready to feel older. The so-called aches and pains of aging aren’t always easy to avoid, however, especially as your muscles, joints, ligaments, and spinal discs become weaker, drier, and less able to withstand everyday stresses.  

If the normal physical effects of aging have left you with reduced strength, decreased balance and coordination, limited range of motion, or chronic pain, you’re not alone. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help. As a gentle hands-on therapy that’s tailored to the individual, chiropractic care is a safe and effective way for you to find relief.

Customized chiropractic care

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to health that uses gentle and precise spinal adjustments to correct misalignments and reduce spinal nerve stress. Your nervous system is rooted in your spine, and even the slightest deviation in spinal alignment can cause pain or impaired function — either in your back or anywhere along the affected nerve path.

The main goal of chiropractic treatment is to correct or address problems in your nervous system that impact the health and function in other areas of your body. By combining a chiropractor’s in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and function with the intuitive approach of a hands-on healer, chiropractic care blends holistic medicine with science to provide pain relief, improve range of motion, and restore mobility.

Although some seniors express concern that their bodies may be too delicate to receive chiropractic adjustments, nothing could be further from the truth. Chiropractic care is always tailored to the individual, which means it can be successfully used to treat people of all ages, ranging from infants to elderly adults.   

Chiropractors perform a comprehensive physical exam, complete with medical history, before developing an individualized treatment plan. They also take into consideration the nature and abnormalities of the aging spine to help ensure their treatment plan is as safe, gentle, and effective as possible.

While there are a wide variety of manipulative techniques used in chiropractic care, the diversified manual technique is most commonly used to treat older adults. This type of manipulation features a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that can easily be adjusted to support a patient’s physical needs and comfort level. It’s often used to address back pain and related disorders.  

Here at Lund Chiropractic, we use the Impulse Adjusting Instrument® to give seniors the safest, gentlest chiropractic care possible. This FDA-registered, state-of-the-art device delivers precise, targeted adjustments without any twisting, popping, or cracking. Instead, you simply feel a light tapping sensation with each adjustment, followed by rapid pain relief and improved mobility.

Chiropractic benefits for seniors

No matter what your age, chiropractic care recognizes that a variety of factors influence your overall health, including exercise, nutrition, sleep, environment, and stress. As such, chiropractic treatment doesn’t simply focus on using gentle adjustive and mobilization techniques to improve your spine and nerve health, it also gives you the tools you need to play an active role in your own health.

It’s not unusual for a chiropractic care plan to incorporate advice on nutrition, how to improve the quality of your sleep, and simple stretches and exercises designed to support your progress. Older adults who receive regular chiropractic care may experience a variety of potential benefits, including:

Taken as a whole, chiropractic care can play an important role in preserving or restoring vitality at any age. Here at Lund Chiropractic, we’ve seen firsthand how gentle chiropractic care can improve the lives of older adults. Whether you’re taking care of an aging parent or an elderly grandparent, or you’re starting to get a little older yourself, we can help.  

To learn more, call our office in Encinitas, California, or schedule an appointment online any time.

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