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Chiropractic Care for the Elderly

Botti Chiropractic & Wellness | Chiropractic Care for the Elderly

Chiropractic care for the elderly; the cause of concern

Chiropractic care is one of the safest and the most effective treatment options for a number of conditions including (but not limited to) arthritis, back pain, neck pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, and whiplash. In addition, what makes chiropractic care an attractive alternative to the conventional systems of treatment is the fact that it is completely drug-free.

The fulcrum of chiropractic treatment is the spine, since spinal manipulation or adjustment is one of the fundamental treatments in chiropractic care. To treat all of the aforementioned conditions (and many others too), chiropractors focus on aligning the spine. Most of the chiropractic treatments are physical in nature in that they require the chiropractor to maneuver the patient’s body, primarily focusing on the spine. Given these fundamentals of chiropractic treatment, one can genuinely question: Is chiropractic care beneficial for the elderly?

What do studies suggest?

The May issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics published evidence-based recommendations that suggested that chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment alternative for older adults.

What do expert chiropractors say?

When asked whether chiropractic care is too forceful a physical treatment for an older body, Dr. Valentino Botti, an expert Oak Lawn chiropractor at Botti Chiropractic& Wellness, suggests that the manipulation techniques used by chiropractors do not work on a ‘one size fits all’ basis. As a matter of fact, Botti says that chiropractors vary their techniques for elderly patients. He states that the most common techniques used at Botti Chiropractic & Wellness to treat elderly patients are fairly gentle mobilizations, combined with massage and acupuncture.

According to Dr. Botti, it is essential for a chiropractor to possess sound know-how of the chiropractic techniques to be used, the level of force to be applied, and the complementary therapies to employ when treating the elderly. 

Reach out to a chiropractor who has experience treating elderly patients

If you are an elderly person seeking out chiropractic care for any condition that you may be suffering from–or if you know someone elderly who needs chiropractic care–the wisest step would be to visit a chiropractor who treats elderly patients. Such a chiropractor will possess the first-hand experience of gently and safely providing chiropractic treatments to older people.

Although Dr. Valentino Botti has treated patients of all age groups, he has had a number of patients over the age of 60; he has experience dealing with elderly patients, and knows what their bodies demand. His treatments have helped a number of senior citizens live pain-free, quality lives, and they appreciate that receiving chiropractic care has helped them to keep their independence. This is very important for elderly people, especially those who live alone. To get the best chiropractic care for an elderly member of your family, contact Botti Chiropractic & Wellness