Seniors are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. With a huge section of the population (thanks to the Baby Boomers) all entering into retirement age around the same time, there are a lot more options for older folks to stay active than in past generations.
With an active lifestyle comes the risk of injury for many people. Keeping your body strong and healthy is more and more important the older you get, so treating injuries properly is a big part of staying mobile. Regular chiropractic care can help with more than just sore muscles in dealing with issues like arthritis pain, osteoporosis, and even incontinence.
Keeping your body healthy and mobile is not only great for your physical health but also for your mental well-being. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to promote good mental health and avoid the depression that can come from being inactive. Together with your chiropractor you can design a physical therapy regimen that is right for you. Deal with past injuries, maintain your current health and work towards your future fitness goals.
Chiropractic care can help you deal with many areas of your health, including some of the following conditions and diseases.
As you age, you are more than likely to deal with the pain and stiffness of arthritis at some point in time. Chiropractic therapy can help you maintain a healthy range of motion in your joints and increase your levels of flexibility. Heat and ice therapy is one of the most effective ways to keep the inflammation and irritation of arthritis under control. Low impact exercise like yoga or water aerobics can also be very effective in treating arthritis symptoms.
With the weakening of your bone structure due to osteoporosis, it is important to maintain your healthy muscular form. Building your balance and posture with core exercises and working on your posture can help keep the negative side effects of osteoporosis at bay.
Staying comfortable during the healing process from cancer treatments is in large part a matter of maintaining a high level of functionality. Long recovery periods can leave your muscles weak and your joints stiff, making movement a real pain. With a physical therapy program customized by your chiropractor, you can keep moving and help your body heal faster.
One of the most common issues that seniors deal with is incontinence. It can affect not only your health but the quality of your daily life. Working with a physical therapy program that helps to strengthen your core and bladder muscles can reduce the frequency of accidents and allow you to enjoy your regular routine.
For many Parkinson’s patients, physical therapy is not introduced into treatment until there are real issues with movement and tremors. Starting chiropractic therapy well before the later stages of the disease can help keep many symptoms at bay and maintain flexible trunk movements that control the rest of your body.