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Senior Care

By Dr. Brian Broskoskie | Aug 07, 2013

It is imperative that you do all you can to protect yourself from degeneration, illness and accidents that can rob you of many additional years of healthy and happy living. If the joints, muscles and nerves that make up your musculoskeletal system aren't kept functioning properly, you may be jeopardizing your overall health and well-being. Chiropractic is designed to maximize musculoskeletal health so that you can feel better over the entire course of a long life.

WHAT CAN CHIROPRACTIC DO?

Dynamic Chiropractic's gerontology columnist, Barbara Zapotocky, has confidently asserted that: "Chiropractors are the best suited and positioned health care professionals to care for an aging population." This isn't an overstatement, because chiropractic is a health care system that for more than a century has been devoted to conservative care that features minimal intervention and limits on costly hospitalization and potentially dangerous and disruptive medications. Most of all, doctors of chiropractic are trained in maintaining wellness by gentle, reassuring, safe and effective techniques and counseling that can play a role in suspending or reversing the aging process.

Chiropractic is as committed to anti-aging as it is to pain relief. Chiropractors realize that aging and older patients require special assessment of their problems, with support, treatment and management goals tailored to their unique health situation and needs. Moreover, chiropractic is especially useful in restoring and maintaining joint, muscle, nerve and soft tissue health, which is fundamental to keeping older people fit and flexible, feeling good and functioning at their highest potential. Chiropractic clinicians regularly counsel their patients on how to employ flexibility and weight-bearing exercise for better health. They offer guidance on how diet and supplements combine to provide health-sustaining and life-prolonging nutrition. They can help you control your weight, your blood pressure and your cholesterol level, help you prevent or cope with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

Chiropractic adjustments are well suited to safely and effectively address and prevent a wide range of problems encountered by the elderly. More and more aging men and women rely on doctors of chiropractic to remove some of the underlying skeletal and muscular causes of the distress, debilitation and depression that plagues so many older individuals. Chiropractors have the skills to reduce pain and infirmity, give even older patients greater mobility, more robust good health, and a more-confident expectation that the future can encompass many more fulfilling years of functioning better and feeling younger.


"I've been feeling a lot better!! And, I take daily 1/2 mile walks in a 1/2 hour. Not bad for an 80 year old man and I give you all the credit!! You are the greatest!!" - JB




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