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Chiropractic Care For Seniors: Promoting Active Aging in Austin

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Chiropractic has been around for years, but it is certainly gaining more and more popularity, especially amongst the senior population due to its many health benefits. Some may think of aggressive maneuvers or popping when they think of traditional chiropractic adjustments. While this may be the case sometimes, it is certainly not always the case and is especially dependent on the population being served. Chiropractic, when tailored to the individual, is a safe, natural solution to help with many different aspects of health that go far beyond pain relief. Even with conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis, chiropractic care for seniors can be safe and effective.

At Lifespring Chiropractic we specialize in neurologically focused chiropractic. This includes many modern, gentle chiropractic techniques that especially cater to the senior population of Austin. They tend to not only be more comfortable, but also more safe and effective when it comes to chiropractic care for seniors. In this article, we will discuss how many seniors in Austin are adding more quality years to their life and experiencing health benefits through chiropractic.

Should elderly people go to chiropractors?

Chiropractic care for seniors can add a lot to the quality of life and help keep seniors active much longer than most would even expect through a healthy spine and nervous system. We will discuss some of the top benefits below such as pain relief, improved flexibility, and improved balance, but first think it’s important to address the most common concern that our customers have when it comes to chiropractic care for seniors.

Is chiropractic care safe for seniors?

Many medical doctors will say to avoid a chiropractor if you have certain conditions like osteoporosis, osteopenia, or arthritis to name a few. These doctors are not totally wrong, but also not completely right. What they really mean is it may be advised to avoid traditional chiropractic adjustments that use cracking, twisting, and popping methods many times. What they don’t know is that there are many specialized techniques out there that focus more on optimizing the nervous system. This is important because the nervous system controls everything in the body including our perception of pain, balance, posture, muscle tone, and more. As neurologically focused chiropractors, we focus on making gentle adjustments to the spine that will optimize the function of the nervous system.

At Lifespring Chiropractic we use our unique methodology, The Lifespring Method, that are more focused on making gentle adjustments that restore the proper nerve function to the body. This is done through many different techniques that use a lot of testing to find any problems throughout the body that may be causing symptoms. Our testing focuses on measuring the function of the nervous system with things like posture analysis, movement and gait analysis, and specialized nerve tests through a  chiropractic examination. This will help us find where any problems are coming from, how long standing they are, as well as a plan for optimization.

If we determine there are any areas of spinal dysfunction causing stress on the nervous system, we use a variety of gentle techniques that involve light pressure, or the assistance of a drop table, or a spring loaded instrument to aid in the adjustment. These things allow the adjustment to take place without the need for a big force to be applied to the body. They will optimize the nervous system, impacting how we feel and function, without the risk of injury or excessive force taking place.

Benefits of chiropractic care for seniors

There are many benefits of chiropractic care for seniors. Some of the most common are:

Decreased pain

Pain relief tends to be the most common reason that seniors seek chiropractic care. Chiropractic works by improving the health of the spine and nervous system. The nervous system is the communication system of the body which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves that exit the spine. This system is the master control center and is largely responsible for our quality of life. It is also responsible for alerting us of a problem in the body. Our body alerts us through pain, or other symptoms. As we solve the root cause of the dysfunction in the body, pain goes away. Chiropractors do this by performing gentle chiropractic adjustments to help the health of the spine and surrounding nerves. We also advise on lifestyle factors to avoid that caused the dysfunction in the first place. This commonly includes lack of sleep, high stress levels, poor posture, lack of movement, and more. Patients often see us to help prevent a surgery or decrease chronic pain. A few of the common conditions we see great results with include:

Low back pain
Neck pain
Knee pain
Spinal stenosis

Improved flexibility and mobility

Chiropractic care for seniors works to improve flexibility and mobility in the body through gentle adjustments to the spine which improve the health of joints and the nerves coming out of the spine. The nerves are the primary area of the body that influence joint mobility. This is because our movement is controlled through signals that travel from the brain to the body.

If the health of the joints and the nerves in our body is optimal, so is our mobility. As we age and our bodies wear, it is common to see a decrease in mobility. The first thing we usually think of to improve our flexibility and mobility is stretching. While stretching can improve our flexibility temporarily, many times it does not offer a long term solution like chiropractic adjustments.

At Lifespring Chiropractic we give people a home plan for exercise and stretches to pair with our gentle chiropractic adjustments so that they can get back to doing the things they didn’t even think were possible!

Improved balance

Balance is an important topic among the senior population because of the role it plays with slip and fall injuries. It is estimated that 1 in 4 seniors takes a fall each year. Slip and fall injuries can not only lead to pain, but are also associated with hip fractures, concussion, and more. Prevention is key here. It is important to consider the positive effects that chiropractic adjustments have on balance. Chiropractic adjustments impact balance due to the changes that a chiropractic adjustment makes to the nervous system. The nervous system communicates with and coordinates everything in the body including balance. At Lifespring Chiropractic we place a special emphasis on the upper cervical spine (the upper neck) when it comes to balance knowing the impact this has on the vestibular system and the cerebellum- which control our balance.

Surgery prevention

Many seniors, and even our young population see a chiropractor as a last resort to try to prevent a spinal surgery, knee surgery, or other surgeries.. Many times we can effectively help people prevent surgery, but this all depends on the severity of the case, and other lifestyle factors like age. Through the years we have successfully help many Austinites to cancel their surgery. This is done by optimizing the health of the nervous system which in turn improves biomechanics to the joints of the body. Once the proper movement is restored, tight muscles and pain are typically decreased. There is also less wear on the joint’s if they move correctly, so this can also help slow down the progression of the wear and tear.

Are there any negative effects of seeing a chiropractor?

Through the years, we have interviewed thousands of patients at Lifespring Chiropractic. What we have found as a common thread in people that saw negative effects at a chiropractic office is that they were rushed in and out, and did not have a proper examination before any treatment was given.

A thorough consultation and examination should be done to determine which chiropractic techniques should be used for an individual, especially for populations that may be more at risk like seniors. As long as an examination is done, chiropractic care for seniors is extremely safe and effective in helping seniors stay active longer and preventing common ailments.

Part of what makes us different at Lifespring Chiropractic and why we have been voted Best of Austin 3 years in a row, is that we perform a 40-minute, deep dive consultation and examination before ever performing any treatment. We also take a focus on restoring the health of the nervous system which has a much larger impact on our health than simply improving our joint health.

This way we can ensure that our patients receive higher level results that are also safe and gentle. Schedule your first appointment with us today.

If you have any specific questions related to your case or to see if chiropractic is right for you as a senior in Austin, Texas, we offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation with one of our amazing Austin chiropractors to discuss any of your specific challenges.