I get asked a lot about chiropractic for older adults. People want to know whether it’s safe to adjust an older patient, and whether chiropractic can help support the body through the process of aging. My answer to both questions is a resounding YES!
Chiropractic is a great way to help support and maintain our bodies as they age.
Our bodies get more fragile as we grow older. Our joints wear down, our bones weaken, and we become more stiff in our movements. Frequently, older adults end up being prescribed significant amounts of medication to help them cope with the difficulties of aging. However, there is often little else done to help.
Chiropractic is a different approach, and one that can help keep your body functioning well into old age. I’ve found it can be remarkably effective in helping my older patients maintain and even improve their quality of life. Instead of just masking symptoms with medication, I can work with my patients to actually correct or improve the structural issues that may be causing the symptoms in the first place.
For example, I recently worked with a patient who was struggling with his balance. He made an appointment with me because he couldn’t walk straight. He found himself bumping into doors and walls, and would feel his right leg collapsing under him. He was seriously concerned about his ability to function, as well as the risk of a damaging fall.
My patient wrote, “After the first adjustment, my balance was fixed! The leg took a few more adjustments, but I am walking with confidence now. Thank you, Dr. Windsor!” None of what we did was particularly elaborate—just basic, gentle adjustments to get his bones and muscles back into their natural alignment.
So many of the physical struggles of aging revolve around being able to move safely. Chiropractic adjustments help with balance, increase mobility, and reduce the risk of falls.
Chiropractic is most famous for working with the spine. As we age, our spines begin to break down, which throws off everything else. Spinal damage—to the discs, joints, muscles and ligaments—is a root cause of all sorts of pain, stiffness and range of motion.
By adjusting the spine, we chiropractors can significantly reduce the damage done. The key with older adults is to be particularly gentle—to respect the limits of the patient’s body. But at any age, the results can be remarkable. I’ve seen patients become able to walk better, with poise instead of hesitation, and with little to no pain. They often experience more energy, and a greater overall sense of confidence and well-being.
Aging is a part of life. When approached skillfully, it can be something to savor. Chiropractic can play a role in that!