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Chiropractic and the Aging Population

November 19, 2012

Robert Browning expressed an upbeat and positive view of aging when he said “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made.”  In 1996 approximately 1 in 10 persons were seniors.  In 2016 approximately 1 in 3 persons will be 65 or older.  At age 65 the average man will live an additional 14.5 years and the average woman an additional 18.6 years.

The concept of aging has changed over the years, more and more people are recognizing that being elderly doesn’t have to mean pain and less activity.  This fits in with the chiropractic wellness model.  Chiropractors recognize that aging is not a disease, it is a normal human process.  Remember the body needs no help, just no interference.  Chiropractic can make a huge difference as we age to keep our bodies functioning at peak performance, while removing any interference.

In light of the statistics noted this will obviously become extremely important for prevention and maintenance of our bodies as we mature.  Looking at two major afflictions in the elderly population today, early degeneration (also known as “arthritis”) and osteoporosis, we are aware of the affect they have on the quality of life.  Chiropractic can be beneficial in both areas, yet is most effective when care begins early.  It is much easier to maintain health than it is to correct when someone is in a crisis. Proper spinal alignment prevents or slows the degenerative process.  By improving joint function people are more mobile and less prone to bone loss.

Chiropractic is a wellness lifestyle which can be carried into the future allowing you to “grow old along with me! The best is yet to be…”