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Q: Can chiropractic care help seniors?

Posted August 06, 2014 in Advice Column, Urbandale

A: As we age, we tend to have more aches and pains. And, sadly, surveys actually show that seniors are less likely to seek out chiropractic care.  Why? It’s often due to the mistaken belief that seniors are too “fragile” to be adjusted. The good news is that’s simply not true, as adjusting techniques can be modified to fit the needs of  the patient, whether young or old.

In addition, research backs up chiropractic care as safe and effective at treating a variety of common symptoms associated with again. A recent study published in Topics in Clinical Chiropractic of randomized clinical trial data found chiropractic geriatric patients “less likely to have been hospitalized, less likely to have used a nursing home, more likely to report a better health status, more likely to exercise vigorously, and more likely to be mobile in the community.”

A 2009 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy showed that seniors receiving regular maintenance chiropractic treatment experienced significantly less overall aches and pains than those who do not receive care.

The top 10 conditions that are seen in chiropractic geriatric patients are as follows: back pain, neck pain, dizziness/vertigo, plantar fasciitis, pain associated with osteoarthritis, knee pain, scoliosis, spinal degeneration, hip pain and shoulder pain.

The bottom line is that seniors don’t need to live a life of pain and discomfort in what should be some of their best years. They can try  safe, effective chiropractic care.

Information submitted by Dr. Heather Yost, DACCP, Yost Family Chiropractic, 3993 100th St., Urbandale,, 278-YOST, Info.

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