If you’re getting up there in years, you’re in good company. The Baby Boomer generation is progressing in years, and that means the median age for Americans is the highest it’s ever been before (36.9 years old), and experts expect this trend to continue for years to come.
Getting a little older is hard on all of us, but if you’re going to age, this is the right era to do it in. Between scientific innovations, and consistently progressing medical knowledge, people are staying active well into their 80s. If you’re fighting the years back, you may want to consider adding Chiropractic care to your arsenal of tools against the toll time can take on your body.
Regular Chiropractic care will benefit the overall health in persons of any age, and can provide specific benefits to those of us who have a few more miles under our belts. One of the major bonuses of regular visits to the Chiropractor is the consistent relief of pain. Out of all the medical specialties, Chiropractic care has been shown to be one of the safest and most effective of ways to treat back, neck, and joint pain. This makes it an excellent alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs, which may have unwanted side effects.
Another important side effect of Chiropractic care on the aging body is an increase in healthy range of motion, which transitions into a significant quality-of-life improvement. A more flexible body can make it easier to pick up your grandkids and to maintain the same active lifestyle that you’re accustomed to living. Many people say that they have enjoyed increased mobility immediately after a Chiropractic adjustment.
You can also look forward to improved balance and stability. Changes in your spine as you age have been shown to affect your balance. Your Chiropractor will make adjustments to help keep your spine in alignment, your nerves healthy and responsive, and aid you in maintaining good posture. A healthy spine will keep your entire body more stable, as it reduces the risk of falls.
Chiropractic care can also improve joint health. If your back is in alignment and you have improved balance, there is less wear and tear on the joints of your extremities. When we are out of alignment, we have a tendency to overcompensate with other parts of our body; this can cause pain in the knees or ankles. Much like an out of alignment car shows wear on its tires, when your balance is off your body will also wear unevenly.
An increase in your health and well-being is a welcome addition at any point in your life, and seniors are no exception. If you, or a loved one, are approaching your golden years, consider taking the time to visit a Chiropractic team to see just how great you can feel no matter what age you are. You are only as old as you feel, and regular Chiropractic treatment may be the best tool to keep you feeling youthful and active.
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