We do not want our seniors to suffer needlessly. Staying healthy, feeling good and doing the things that you enjoy and that are important to us make each day better.
We provide gentle and safe techniques that can benefit even those with arthritis or osteoporosis. Our goal is to help you keep doing the things you love.
Chiropractic is the most frequently utilized type of complementary and alternative care for seniors. Chiropractic care can be used to reduce pain, restore mobility, optimize function, improve flexibility and prevent unnecessary disability.
Benefits for Seniors: 1, 2, 3, 4
Conditions We Treat Regularly:
There is a rising number of older adults, it's estimated that 20% of the US population will be 65 or older by 2030. Conditions such as spinal arthritis and chronic pain do NOT have to be synonymous with the aging process.
In general terms, arthritis is a gradual breakdown or deterioration of the joint spaces in your musculoskeletal system. According to some experts, 8 out of 10 Americans over the age of 55 suffer from one form of arthritis or another. There are many causes of arthritis. A major cause is simply age. Injury or suppressed or weakened immune systems are others. Arthritis affects everyone in different ways. In some, joints in the spine, fingers, wrists, shoulders, knees—even toes—lose their normal shape and large amounts of fluid and debris fill the joint space.
Most Common Types of Arhritis:
OSEOARTHRITIS: The degenerative form of arthritis that mostly affects the elderly is called osteoarthritis. In some, osteoarthritis may affect the spine's facet joints, making it extremely painful to bend or twist. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage to break down and away from the joints. Stripped of their protective material, the joints begin rubbing against each other, causing pain and impeding movement. This action further irritates the surrounding nerves. Advanced forms of spinal osteoarthritis lead to disc collapse and other problems. In most people, the body responds to the onset of arthritis by making extra bone. Your body makes this material in an attempt to shore up the degenerating joint. This additional material, or overgrowth, is called a bone spur or osteophyte. Bone spurs are typically found in the joint or disc spaces, where cartilage has begun to break down or deteriorate. Bone spurs sometimes block the spaces where nerve roots leave the spinal canal.
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: An equally painful and destructive form of arthritis is called rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation of the joint tissues, leading to pain, weakness, low red blood cell count (anemia), and loss of appetite.
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