Chiropractic & Aging

With aging a patient’s needs will change.  Everything from mobility to pain management can be more time consuming.  Chiropractic fills a unique gap in current healthcare for the aging population.

As we age, it is easy to associate feelings with growing old. Things become tired and worn out from years of use and abuse. Our bodies naturally degenerate from this wear and tear over the years.

It is incredibly important to take care of your body. It is never too late to make positive changes that will impact you for the future.

If you are young, that’s great! Exercise, nutrition, and Chiropractic care will help your body age slower. Being overweight, having unhealthy eating and sleeping habits, problems to the nervous system and having a lack of movement in your joints will cause the aging process to be more severe.

 Do you have arthritis?

Chiropractic care helps the aging process by slowing and sometimes even halting degeneration of your joints from occurring. Chiropractic care keeps your joints moving properly, which limits degeneration. Degeneration is commonly called “osteoarthritis” or “Degenerative Joint Disease.” It is mainly caused by lack of movement or too much movement at the area(s) the degeneration occurs. Chiropractic adjustments restore a proper balance of movement to the body, which helps to slow the degenerative processes in our bodies.

Has bathroom use become more difficult?

This is a common problem that occurs as we get older.  Sometimes problems starting or stopping bathroom use is due to a loss of control of the pelvic floor.  The pelvic floor is the body of the muscle between your legs that lets you start or stop bathroom use.  If you have a shift in your lower back, it can make controlling muscles more difficult.  Studies have shown that chiropractic care improves control of the pelvic floor. This can be a fantastic benefit for older patients and mothers recovering from pregnancy alike.  Chiropractic can help lower your anxiety about bathroom use and give you your independence back.

Is indigestion or acid reflux causing problems for you?

This can be a very painful and irritating problem to have.  In some cases, your brain and digestive tract are not on the same page.  Problems between your brain and stomach can result in too much or too little stomach acid production.  Your stomach acid production is controlled by the Autonomic Nervous System.  This is the same system that controls your immune system and sleeping.  Some cases of Acid Reflux and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) are aggravated by problems in nerve communication. One of our technologies (heart rate Variability) can give us information on whether your nervous system is communicating properly and if you could benefit from Chiropractic care.

Are you forgetting more than you used to?

Have you been walking into the kitchen and forgetting what you were doing?  It happens.  It can happen more frequently if your brain and body have a bad connection.  Your spine is the super highway that constantly links your brain to your body.  A shift in the spine can cause irritating abnormal signals to be sent to the brain making thinking more difficult.  One of the ways Doctors of Chiropractic can find problems is to examine the spine for inflammation.  Inflammation is the sensation of heat, pain, and swelling. It is a sign of damage in the body and that the body is trying to heal itself.  One of our Diagnostic Scans looks for exactly that. After your exam and scans we can confidently tell you if there are problems in your spine that are making your brain work harder.

Feeling off balance?

You’re not alone, tripping and falling is a big problem when you age.  A simple slip on the rug can leave you with a nasty bruise or worse a trip to the hospital.  One of the reasons people begin to fall as they age is a loss of proprioception.  Proprioception is the sense of knowing where your body is without looking at it.  Example-close your eyes and then touch your finger to your nose. Being able to feel where you are without looking is a valuable sense to have. Loss of normal nerve communication, such as rotation of your hips, can make knowing where your feet are, much more difficult.  Navigating a dark hallway without knowing where your feet will land could cause problems.  Chiropractic care restores normal function to the nervous system, not to mention relieving pain. This can improve your sense of balance and reduce falling.

Having a hard time sleeping?

You are not alone.  Trouble staying asleep or trouble falling asleep can become more common as you age.  In order to fall asleep your brain has to be relaxed.  This can be challenging if you have problems in the spine that send irritating messages to the brain.  These abnormal signals make you feel irritable, confused, tired and wired.  This can cause abnormal stimulation of the Sympathetic Nervous System. You may have heard of this called the fight or flight response.  The fight or flight response can be quite high in people who have problems in the spine.  A Chiropractic exam can tell us if you have normal or abnormal nerve function. Correction of abnormal nerve function often results in greater patient relaxation, less fight or flight and an easier time sleeping.

If you already have some degeneration, pain, or other health issues as a result of aging, chiropractic can still help! Dr. Hungerford can help you manage your symptoms and keep the problems from getting worse through regular chiropractic care and healthy lifestyle changes.

If you have questions give us a call and set up a free, no charge consultation.  We will not try to sell you a timeshare in Florida and there is no free set of steak knives.  Call today- It’s a consultation, not a commitment!