chiropractic and arthritis

Chiropractic Care Is For Seniors Too

Regular chiropractic care helps all kinds of people, young and old, improve health and mobility and regain control of their lives.  Chiropractic care for the senior population will help manage and even eliminate acute and chronic pain, increase flexibility, improve mobility and function, restore postural alignment, enhance balance, de-stress and tune the nervous system, improve general health and wellbeing.  Even increase the overall quality of life.

Chiropractic care is especially important for maturing and elderly adults because of the dramatic changes that occur in the spine with increasing age. As we age, spinal discs, joints, ligaments, muscles and other spinal tissues become weaker, less hydrated, more fibrous, and less able to withstand normal strain. As a result, back pain from spinal degeneration (arthritis) becomes more prominent, soft tissues increase as the body is more vulnerable to injury.  As the time to heal from injury increases as we age, minimizing risk and optimizing overall health and wellness becomes even more important.

Modern chiropractic procedures take into consideration the nature of the aging spine and the many abnormalities present to provide an effective, safe and non-invasive treatment plan. Through the use of 21st century gentle adjusting techniques, physical therapies, and incorporation of stretching and exercise programs spinal pain is reduced, spinal stresses are decreased, flexibility and mobility are improved, and degeneration is minimized.

What the benefits of Chiropractic Care for Seniors

Routine chiropractic care has a number of benefits which are especially important as we age:

  • Pain relief from neck, spine and joint pain
  • Decrease in muscle stiffness, spasms and rigidity
  • Increased mobility and range of motion
  • Straighter, aligned posture
  • Increased balance and coordination
  • Increased sense of well-being and overall energy
  • Decreased tissue inflammation
  • Decreased arthritis and arthritic joint pain
  • Minimized spinal stress and tension
  • Reduced risk of fall injuries

Do You Know A Senior Who Could Benefit From A Chiropractic Check-Up?

Are There Studies Showing the Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Aging Adults?

According to one paper chiropractors may be well-positioned to play an important role in health promotion, injury and disease prevention, and on geriatric care teams, due to their practice style and holistic philosophy. Chiropractic services are safe and relatively low-cost, and patient satisfaction with them is very high. Relative to musculoskeletal care in elderly patients, chiropractic adjustments are recommended by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research for the care of acute low back pain, and the American Geriatric Society Panel Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Pain state that non-pharmaceutical interventions such as chiropractic may be appropriate. Various lower-force chiropractic techniques are available as safe alternatives to drugs and surgery for musculoskeletal complaints in the older patient. Due to the prevalence of these conditions in older patients, and the success of chiropractic in caring for these patients, interdisciplinary geriatric health care teams should include the doctor of chiropractic.

(Killinger LZ. Chiropractic and geriatrics: a review of the training, role, and scope of chiropractic in caring for aging patients. Clin Geriatr Med. 2004 May; 20(2):223-35.)

One study evaluated the health status of 414 elderly individuals (average age of 80 years) and compared those individuals under chiropractic care with those not under chiropractic care. The researchers found a number of significant findings which included:

  • 87% of those who used chiropractic care rated their health as good or excellent compared with only 68% in the non-chiropractic group
  • Only 13% of those who used chiropractic care rated their health as fair or poor compared with 32% in the non-chiropractic group
  • 44% of those who used chiropractic care reported having arthritis compared with 66% in the non-chiropractic care group
  • Those who used chiropractic care were more likely to still be doing strenuous levels of exercise
  • At 3 years follow-up, less than 5% of those who used chiropractic care used a nursing home while a staggering 48% of those who did not use chiropractic care did use a nursing home
  • At 3 years follow-up, only 26% of those who used chiropractic care were hospitalized compared with 48% of those in the non-chiropractic group

(Coulter, PhD et al. Chiropractic and Care for the Elderly. Top Clin Chiro 1996; 3(2):46-55.)

Other research attempted to define more clearly the exact nature of Chiropractic Maintenance Care. The study population consisted of elderly chiropractic patients who had received health-promotion and prevention services for at least five years at a minimum of four chiropractic visits per year. Patients were selected from 73 chiropractic offices in six geographic locations across the USA. Doctors enrolled the first 10 consenting patients who met the inclusion criteria, and data were gathered on health habits, expenditures of health services, frequency of use, and perceived value of chiropractic prevention and health promotion services. Results included:

  • An average of 16.95 visits were made per patient per year for chiropractic MC treatments
  • Stretching exercises, aerobic exercises, dietary advice, and other prevention strategies were commonly recommended
  • Patients reported making only half the annual number of visits to medical providers compared with the national average for patients 65 and older
  • The health habits of patients receiving MC were similar to or better than those of the general population

(Rupert RL, Manello D, Sandefur R. Maintenance care: health promotion services administered to U.S. chiropractic patients aged 65 and older, Part II. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Jan. 2000: 23(1), pp10-19.)

 

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CEO In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care
Certified in Postural Neurology
Doctor of Chiropractic
Kinesiologist

 

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Arthritic Changes Can Be Stopped and, YES, in Some Cases Reversed

More than four million Canadians have some from of arthritis. This equates to about 15 percent of the population and is expected to rise to 18 per cent by the year 2020. Close to 80 per cent of people over the age of 50 have osteoarthritis. It’s an affliction that costs billions of dollars to treat and according to medicine, is an irreversible condition.

The most popular way to treat the symptoms of arthritis is simply to offer pain relief using non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which include Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Naproxen, and another group of drugs call COX-2 inhibitors, such as Celebrex and Vioxx. At best, these drugs provide temporary relief but may also lead to further deterioration of the joints and surrounding tissue by inhibiting the formation of cartilage. Long-term use of NSAIDS may lead to stomach ulcers, gastro-intestinal bleeding, kidney damage and toxicity to auditory nerve cells, which can lead to tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Recently, more alarming research shows COX-2 inhibitors may actually increase the risk of heart disease by creating an imbalance that promotes blood clotting and blood vessel constriction. The study, done on patients taking Vioxx, showed higher rates of heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications. The downside of drug therapy is the risk of side effects and damage to other bodily systems. It doesn’t make sense to simply numb the pain of arthritic symptoms while the condition worsens as time goes on.

Caring for arthritis can be done naturally by adopting lifestyle and dietary changes as well as using chiropractic care to regain normal joint mobility and better posture in order to stop or reverse degeneration.

The common misconception is that arthritis is irreversible and is an inevitable process of aging. This is a FALLACY as many people in their senior years have perfectly healthy joints while others have arthritis in only a few areas and have other joints that are completely unaffected.
When healthy, joint surfaces have a smooth lining of cartilage and an adequate amount of synovial fluid that lubricates the joints. With improper join mechanics from poor posture and negative lifestyle factors (a lack of exercise and/or poor nutrition), cartilage breaks down and less synovial fluid is produced. With time, the joint space decreases and cartilage surface becomes irregular. Inflammation sets in as a natural response where the body senses an area of injury. When the causative effects are not addressed, inflammation becomes chronic. As joints become unstable, bony growths will form – called bone spurs or osteophytes – as the body attempts to stabilize a weakened area. Usually, it is imbalance in spinal biomechanics that sets the stage for arthritis that shows up later on in weight-bearing joints, such as the knees and hips. Joint degeneration, which is what arthritis is, can be present without symptoms.

On X-rays, these are easily seen. Interestingly, these abnormal calcium deposits can be detected early in spinal joints before any symptoms show up elsewhere in the body. Spinal X-rays done in a chiropractor’s office can point to areas where such degeneration has already started.

On a clinical note, I have witnessed many people in there 20s and 30s with early signs of joint degeneration on X-rays but they are unaware of a potential problem because no symptoms are associated with it.

The best analogy to describe such degeneration is the analogy of erosion of tooth enamel by a cavity. This be can present for a long time before pain is actually felt. Any degree of degeneration around spinal joints will interfere with the delicate nerves that exit from the spinal cord and control the rest of your body. Abnormal spinal joints cause general ill health because nerves that are associated with these joints will have abnormal impulses that feed various body parts. This not only interferes with certain bodily systems but also interferes with the healing process that is under the direction of the nerve system. Unfortunately, by the time abnormal bony growths are evident on X-rays, joint degeneration has been present for years or even decades.

This is why prevention through exercise, nutrition and chiropractic care is the first answer to stop this epidemic of arthritis!

Early detection is the next best thing rather than the current disease care aimed at controlling symptoms. Exercise is absolutely crucial for maintaining normal joint function throughout life. Even those with full-blown symptoms can swim or do gentle yoga classes, or walk around the block for 10 minutes a day. In conjunction with exercise, chiropractic care works to restore normal joint mechanics and improve postural distortions so degeneration around the spine does not affect the delicate spinal nerves that control the rest of your body. Furthermore, the more balanced and healthier the spine, the less likely arthritis will occur in other body parts, especially weight-bearing joints.

Evidence shows arthritic changes can be stopped and, in some cases, reversed with chiropractic adjustments, laser therapy, appropriate exercise, as well as, providing natural relief from joint pain and inflammation.

 

So What are you doing to improve YOUR ARTHRITIS Today?

 

Call today we would love to help! 604-535-7373  South Surrey, BC (web page)

 

Dr. Thomas Burge DC, B.Sc. (Hon Kin), C.P.N.

CEO In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care
Certified in Postural Neurology
Doctor of Chiropractic
Kinesiologist

 

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Arthritic Changes Can Be Stopped and, YES, in Some Cases Reversed

More than four million Canadians have some from of arthritis. This equates to about 15 percent of the population and is expected to rise to 18 per cent by the year 2020. Close to 80 per cent of people over the age of 50 have osteoarthritis. It’s an affliction that costs billions of dollars to treat and according to medicine, is an irreversible condition.

The most popular way to treat the symptoms of arthritis is simply to offer pain relief using non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which include Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Naproxen, and another group of drugs call COX-2 inhibitors, such as Celebrex and Vioxx. At best, these drugs provide temporary relief but may also lead to further deterioration of the joints and surrounding tissue by inhibiting the formation of cartilage. Long-term use of NSAIDS may lead to stomach ulcers, gastro-intestinal bleeding, kidney damage and toxicity to auditory nerve cells, which can lead to tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Recently, more alarming research shows COX-2 inhibitors may actually increase the risk of heart disease by creating an imbalance that promotes blood clotting and blood vessel constriction. The study, done on patients taking Vioxx, showed higher rates of heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications. The downside of drug therapy is the risk of side effects and damage to other bodily systems. It doesn’t make sense to simply numb the pain of arthritic symptoms while the condition worsens as time goes on.

Caring for arthritis can be done naturally by adopting lifestyle and dietary changes as well as using chiropractic care to regain normal joint mobility and better posture in order to stop or reverse degeneration.

The common misconception is that arthritis is irreversible and is an inevitable process of aging. This is a FALLACY as many people in their senior years have perfectly healthy joints while others have arthritis in only a few areas and have other joints that are completely unaffected.
When healthy, joint surfaces have a smooth lining of cartilage and an adequate amount of synovial fluid that lubricates the joints. With improper join mechanics from poor posture and negative lifestyle factors (a lack of exercise and/or poor nutrition), cartilage breaks down and less synovial fluid is produced. With time, the joint space decreases and cartilage surface becomes irregular. Inflammation sets in as a natural response where the body senses an area of injury. When the causative effects are not addressed, inflammation becomes chronic. As joints become unstable, bony growths will form – called bone spurs or osteophytes – as the body attempts to stabilize a weakened area. Usually, it is imbalance in spinal biomechanics that sets the stage for arthritis that shows up later on in weight-bearing joints, such as the knees and hips. Joint degeneration, which is what arthritis is, can be present without symptoms.

On X-rays, these are easily seen. Interestingly, these abnormal calcium deposits can be detected early in spinal joints before any symptoms show up elsewhere in the body. Spinal X-rays done in a chiropractor’s office can point to areas where such degeneration has already started.

On a clinical note, I have witnessed many people in there 20s and 30s with early signs of joint degeneration on X-rays but they are unaware of a potential problem because no symptoms are associated with it.

The best analogy to describe such degeneration is the analogy of erosion of tooth enamel by a cavity. This be can present for a long time before pain is actually felt. Any degree of degeneration around spinal joints will interfere with the delicate nerves that exit from the spinal cord and control the rest of your body. Abnormal spinal joints cause general ill health because nerves that are associated with these joints will have abnormal impulses that feed various body parts. This not only interferes with certain bodily systems but also interferes with the healing process that is under the direction of the nerve system. Unfortunately, by the time abnormal bony growths are evident on X-rays, joint degeneration has been present for years or even decades.

This is why prevention through exercise, nutrition and chiropractic care is the first answer to stop this epidemic of arthritis!

Early detection is the next best thing rather than the current disease care aimed at controlling symptoms. Exercise is absolutely crucial for maintaining normal joint function throughout life. Even those with full-blown symptoms can swim or do gentle yoga classes, or walk around the block for 10 minutes a day. In conjunction with exercise, chiropractic care works to restore normal joint mechanics and improve postural distortions so degeneration around the spine does not affect the delicate spinal nerves that control the rest of your body. Furthermore, the more balanced and healthier the spine, the less likely arthritis will occur in other body parts, especially weight-bearing joints.

Evidence shows arthritic changes can be stopped and, in some cases, reversed with chiropractic adjustments, laser therapy, appropriate exercise, as well as, providing natural relief from joint pain and inflammation.

 

So What are you doing to improve YOUR ARTHRITIS Today?

 

Call today we would love to help! 604-535-7373  South Surrey, BC (web page)

 

Dr. Thomas Burge DC, B.Sc. (Hon Kin), C.P.N.

CEO In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care
Certified in Postural Neurology
Doctor of Chiropractic
Kinesiologist

 

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