Studies Say Chiropractic for Seniors Provides Marked ADL Improvement

Studies Say Chiropractic for Seniors Provides Marked ADL Improvement

A study published in the March/April 2014 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiology Therapy proves that when it comes to chiropractic for seniors, positive outcomes are certainly possible. The study focused on a senior’s ability to complete activities of daily living both before and after chiropractic care. It also compared those results to that of seniors who relied on other forms of care in lieu of seeing a chiropractor. The results confirmed that chiropractic is just as effective as other methods. Plus, it’s largely non-invasive. Increased ability to complete activities of daily living isn’t the only area where seniors benefit from receiving chiropractic care. The same journal published additional studies in...

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Why Chiropractic? The Benefits May Surprise You!

Why Chiropractic? The Benefits May Surprise You!

When most people think of chiropractic care, they think of relieving back or neck pain. Getting one’s back “cracked” is a familiar imagine. Chiropractic is an effective treatment for these parts of the body, but the benefits of chiropractic care go far beyond the back and neck. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, drug-free way to prevent and treat a wide range of health problems. Simply put, chiropractic treatments align the body, especially the spine. Because the body functions best when everything is in alignment, chiropractic treatments support general good health. Good Health for Life Chiropractic is more than a quick fix for pain symptoms. It’s a life-long approach to health care. Regular chiropractic adjustments are a great way to stay healthy. The long-term benefits of chiropractic care can include: Better Vision Healthy Lungs Improved Balance Faster Reaction Time Increased Range of Motion Chiropractic and Back Pain A healthy back is essential. Back pain is debilitating and has a negative impact on just about every area of a person’s life. Chiropractic is so often associated with back pain, because it works. According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, after three years of treatment, patients who received chiropractic care for low back pain reported greater long-term satisfaction than those treated by hospital therapists. Chiropractics and Arthritis Many people suffer from arthritis, particularly as they age. Over-the-counter and prescription medicines mask the pain, but don’t address the root cause. Chiropractic is a popular choice for treating arthritis, because it addresses the origin of the pain. Chiropractic treatment works directly with the joints, spine and nerves. This can dramatically improve arthritic conditions for many people. Chiropractics for Every Age Noblesville Chiropractors treat patients of all ages, from babies to seniors. For young people, whose bodies are growing rapidly, chiropractic care keeps the child’s spine aligned, which improves overall health. For adults, chiropractic can correct long-term health issues that stem from poor alignment. As the body ages, issues arising from poor alignment are amplified. Chiropractic treatment can slow the aging process and even eliminate some of the painful issues associated with old age. Image courtesy of cooldesign /...

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Chiropractic Myth: Making Joints Crack and Pop is Unhealthy

Chiropractic Myth: Making Joints Crack and Pop is Unhealthy

There are some people in this world that firmly believe the only “snap, crackle and pop” noises that are good for our bodies comes from a bowl of cereal. Their beliefs may stem from an old myth about chiropractic care being bad for the joints, and that’s a belief that definitely couldn’t be any further from the truth. The noises that our bodies make during chiropractic adjustments are absolutely normal. They are caused by our synovial fluid, musculoskeletal movement, changes in pressure and a natural process known as cavitation. Synovial fluid exists naturally in a human’s joints. Made up of plasma dialysate, hyaluronic acid and joint tissue byproducts, this fluid does two major things for our joints. It helps our cartilage remain healthy and it reduces friction when our joints are in use. For the most part, the fluid remains in our joints throughout our life. However, there are ways that it may be lost. The list of things that may cause people to lose synovial fluid includes disease, injury, surgery, infection and the normal aging process. When our joints are in use, cavitation takes place. During cavitation, our synovial fluid expands in volume and releases gas vapor, which subsequently leads to a decrease in internal joint pressure and bubble formation. When our joint’s internal components move again, the bubbles burst and a noise is emitted. Therefore, the cracking and popping noises heard during chiropractic care are no more harmful than the ones sometimes heard when you move your joints on your own. Where the element of danger actually comes in is how the joint is manipulated. A Indianapolis chiropractor knows how to manipulate joints in a way that puts the body back into alignment. You and a well-meaning friend or relative may not have that in-depth knowledge. As a result, any non-professional attempts to “crack” your joints may actually cause misalignment and damage to the joint’s cartilage, tendons and ligaments to occur. Image courtesy of stockimages /...

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Excellent Chiropractic Care and Preventive Measures May Benefit Gardeners

Excellent Chiropractic Care and Preventive Measures May Benefit Gardeners

Spring has a tendency to bring out the gardener in many of us. Unfortunately, it can also lead to muscle aches and back pains. So before everyone gets outside and starts lugging around heavy bags of fertilizer, we wanted to talk about how a few preventive measures and Indianapolis chiropractic care can work together to help gardeners remain pain-free. Let’s talk about the preventive measures first. The back is one of the main areas of the body that gardeners tend to injure when weeding, shoveling and moving objects with wheelbarrows. Thus, to avoid such scenarios, you may want to make use of the following tips: Purchase gardening supplies in easy to handle amounts. If you can’t do that, once you get home, consider asking someone to help you break the heavy materials up into smaller containers. That way, you won’t have to carry the heavy stuff around from one end of the yard to another. When using a shovel or wheelbarrow to complete gardening tasks, make sure that you maintain the proper posture throughout. For example, remember to bend from the knees and avoid putting strain onto your back. Try to use equipment that is less likely to cause unnecessary muscle strain. Examples include long-handled tools, knee pads, watering wands and gardening benches. Of course the legs, arms and neck can get achy during and after gardening sessions too. As such, we’d like to offer suggestions for avoiding pain in those areas as well. Here they are: Try not to overwork one muscle group. Instead, alter your gardening tasks so that you use each muscle group a little at a time. For example, you may want to get on all fours and plant seedlings for 15 minutes. Then you may want to stop planting and rake up debris for the next 15 minutes. If you already have limited mobility, consider using raised beds or containers for your plants. In doing so, you may be able to reduce the amount of time that you spend getting up and down. Planting fruits, veggies and flowers that require little maintenance is always a great option too. Lastly, we wanted to talk briefly about how engaging in routine chiropractic care can help gardeners. For starters, chiropractors may help gardeners by offering additional tips on how to avoid injury. They may be able to suggest equipment that may alleviate pain or provide extra support (i.e. braces) as well. In addition, they can also assist gardeners by providing chiropractic adjustments to address any injuries, aches and pains that may “crop up” over time. Image courtesy of BJWOK /...

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Chiropractic for Seniors Wishing To Age In Place

Chiropractic for Seniors Wishing To Age In Place

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s reports, the number of seniors in America is expected to rise substantially in the coming years. Many of those seniors are understandably hoping to age in place. You may very well be one of them. One way to increase your chances of aging in place is to utilize chiropractic care services for seniors. They can benefit seniors in a myriad of ways. Here’s a look at some of them: Falls Prevention According to the CDC, each year, millions of seniors experience falls that result in health problems like hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries. The falls are often caused by a variety of issues including limited range of motion. Chiropractic care providers can assist seniors by increasing their range of motion thereby reducing their risk of taking a fall. The routine chiropractic visits may also be used in conjunction with in-home exercise programs and nutritional counseling. In-home exercise programs will help with range of motion issues as well. The nutritional counseling services, on the other hand, can help stave off bone degenerative diseases like osteoporosis. Pain Management As people get older, they are also more apt to find themselves faced with chronic pain. An article by American Nurse Today noted that the pain may be the result of falls or medical issues like osteoarthritis, spondylolisthesis and cardiovascular disease. Well guess what? That pain can also be managed with the aid of routine chiropractic care services. During the visits, a Indianapolis chiropractor can work with the senior’s connective tissues, muscles, spine, joints and bones in attempt to relieve their discomfort. Cognition and Circulatory Issues Lastly, one of the major health issue that tends to facilitate a skilled nursing home admission is a loss of cognition. BioMed Central notes that loss of cognition may be due to vascular dementia and stroke. Both conditions are caused by circulatory problems. The good news is circulatory problems may be reduced through chiropractic care too. Chiropractors can improve a person’s circulation through the adjustment and manipulation of the musculoskeletal system. For more in-depth information about how chiropractic care can help seniors age in place, contact your Indianapolis chiropractor’s office...

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