Chiropractic care is increasing in popularity for a variety of illnesses, not just back or neck pain. Yet is this type of treatment a good idea for the elderly? With an estimated 5% of elderly adults in the United States using this type of therapy, it is important to understand its pros and cons to make the right decision.
In fact, 6% of older adults have disabling back pain and 23% have non-disabling back pain.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Typically the reason an elderly person seeks chiropractic care is for pain in the muscles and/or bones, with back pain being the most common complaint. In fact, 6% of older adults have disabling back pain and 23% have non-disabling back pain. However, many patients now see chiropractors for help with their ongoing health, whether as a treatment solution, complementary treatment, or for prevention of problems. Chiropractic itself holds as its philosophy the fact that, since the central nervous system is encased in the spinal chord, any obstruction or irregularity in the alignment of the vertebrae of the spine (subluxations, in chiropractic terms) can affect any organ of the body, as well as system-wide health.
Many patients realize at least one of the following benefits from chiropractic:
Disadvantages of Chiropractic Care
As with any treatment, there are certain issues that arise with chiropractic care. Chiropractice care is not utterly devoid of risks.
Chiropractic care has its pros and cons, each of which needs to be weighed in conjunction with an elderly person's overall health and wellness. A particularly frail and ill elderly person probably would not benefit from the advantages that a chiropractor can offer as much as a somewhat healthy, yet injured or moderately ill senior could. The best way to determine if chiropractic is a safe alternative is to seek the approval of one's personal physician first.
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