Within the older population, an unhealthy muscle and spinal system has the most direct effect to the overall health of a person. Additionally, as we get older, trying to improve balance and coordination is an essential part of that. Regular exercise can help keep our bodies functioning at their best. However, did you know that regular chiropractic care is a great way to improve that, too?
In the case of an 85 year-old male, his dysfunction and pain were causing a negative interaction between his motor control and sensory systems. The subject in this study sought out chiropractic care due to instability while walking. Additionally, he had diagnoses of angina, osteoporosis, benign static hypertrophy and atrial valve insufficiency. This man was taking multiple medications to help these conditions.
An examination revealed decreased ranges of motion in his neck and low back, postural deficits, and degenerative joint disease. The patient was under regular chiropractic care for eight years. Over that time, his medical physicians told the patient that he was healthier than he had been without chiropractic! He experienced improvement in gait, balance, stability, coordination, posture, and reported an increase in strength in the legs. He was now able to get himself in and out of a chair! In addition, the patient was able to reduce the amount of prescription and over the counter medication during this time.
Trying to improve balance and coordination as we get older is essential for long-term health. If we’re falling less, or less prone to injury, we can stay out of the hospital and spend more time doing what we love! It’s not about the symptoms, it’s about the quality of life! At Alive Chiropractic, we focus on full-family care. We can use our specialized technique with everyone from infants to seniors. Book your first appointment today and take advantage of our new patient special, so you can see how we can help you and your family!