Chiropractic Care for Seniors: A Safe and Effective Way to Stay Active and Avoid Injury
It’s no secret that as we age, we become more susceptible to developing injuries, aches and pain. If you’re interested in maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle as you grow older, a preventative approach to your health care is key. In fact, remaining active is crucial for healthy aging and independence.
Ajax chiropractors Dr. John Noble and Dr. Mark Fera work with their senior patients to reduce their risk of falls, injury and disability. As part of a regular chiropractic check-up, they test strength, mobility, function and balance, as well as offer advice on exercise, nutrition and preventative strategies.
This is important as we age since we are more likely to suffer from:
- Osteoarthritis – deteriorating cartilage in the joints
- Spinal stenosis – narrowing of the canal in the vertebrae impinging on the nerve roots causing pain and numbness
- Degenerative meniscal tear
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Osteoporosis – a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue
According to a 2014 report by the Public Health Agency of Canada, hundreds of thousands of Canadians suffer from fall-related injuries each year. We know that the risk of morbidity and even mortality can increasesignificantly after a fall, so preventing them is critical. Preserving or improving your fitness level and mobility can help prevent and manage chronic conditions. Even a moderate level of physical activity can improve balance, endurance and bone strength.
As part of your healthcare team, Pickering chiropractors Dr. Mark Fera and Dr. John Noble can help address and treat musculoskeletal injuries early to help you maintain mobility and function.
This care may help:
- Manage pain
- Increase range of motion
- Improve function
- Help decrease progression of joint degeneration
- Correct posture
- Increase balance
- Reduce the risk of falls
Are you a senior who is hesitant to try chiropractic?
“Although you may not have grown up believing that chiropractic care is an integral part of maintaining your good health, it’s never too late to start,” says Dr. Noble. “The Dental Association has done an excellent job of stressing the importance of regular dental care as a form of prevention. As chiropractors, we need to take the same approach.”
Approximately half of the patients Dr. Noble treats at Pickering Village Chiropractic & Massage are seniors, and the majority of those seniors have been patients for many years. While their primary reason for seeking treatment may have been pain management, the care they received at the clinic helped them to recognize the importance regular chiropractic care plays in the prevention of injuries and the maintenance of good health.
“Walk into any established chiropractor’s office and you’ll see that our aging demographic represents a good portion of its practice. My patients who haven’t experienced chiropractic care until later in life are more apt to think of their care as a short-term solution instead of a method of prevention. They’re looking to maintain a certain lifestyle or achieve the lifestyle they see other seniors their age experiencing.” he adds. “But as they become more educated and see the benefits of what regular chiropractic care can offer, they’re slowly embracing it as an alternative to over-the-counter medications they’ve been raised to believe are safe.”
Healthy aging relies on your ability to keep moving and enjoying daily activities with little pain or limitations. Keep moving with the help of Ajax chiropractors Dr. John Noble and Dr. Mark Fera at Pickering Village Chiropractic & Massage. Therapeutic massage therapy is also available at our clinic by Ajax massage therapists Rolf Castanheiro and Jessica Raedisch.
Call 905-427-3202 to learn more or book an appointment.