Healthy Aging: ( By Dr Angus Southwell- CHIROPRACTOR)
Admit it, there comes a time in our lives where we stop looking forward to our birthdays as every year marks us getting another year older.
But why is that? Are we afraid of getting frail and stiff? Or are we afraid that we won’t be able to do the things that we normally would do?
A lot of these concerns are normal and if left unchecked could definitely come to fruition. However, what if there was a way to help through Chiropractic?
In an article titled “Chiropractic and geriatrics” it stated that “Chiropractors may be well-positioned to play an important role in health promotion, injury and disease prevention, and on geriatric care teams, due to their practice style and holistic philosophy” (1). Chiropractors has been recently known as a more holistic and none invasive way prevent and minimalize spinal aches and pains as well as managing joint stiffness and mobility.
When we apply those statements to the ageing statement mentioned earlier, we could help in creating a way for healthy ageing no matter what stage you are in your life.
Joint pain and stiffness are a common presentation within the ageing population. There are many potential causes of joint pain and stiffness and one of the common causes are usually due to osteoarthritis. In order to assess the severity of the arthritis, many health disciplinaries would do a serious of exams such as medical imaging and blood test (2). Once the Chiropractor has found the cause of the stiffness, they will perform a series of adjustment and mobilization techniques to potentially reverse the effects or at the very least better manage it.
And let’s not forget about back pain. One of the main things that affect anyone in any age group. It is estimated that in the adult age group (18-80+) and average of 84% will have experienced some form of low back pain throughout their lives and around 20% of people who suffer from acute low back pain will develop into chronic low back pain (3).
So what are you waiting for? You’re not getting any younger so take the first step to healthy ageing with us at Bellara Chiropractic.
- Killinger L. Z. (2004). Chiropractic and geriatrics: a review of the training, role, and scope of chiropractic in caring for aging patients. Clinics in geriatric medicine, 20(2), 223–235. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cger.2004.02.008
- Bhagat, S., & Ostör, A. J. (2010). Diagnosing joint pain in the older people. The Practitioner, 254(1725), 17–2.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Low back pain fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Retrieved March 10, 2022, from https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet