Davis Chiropractic Appreciates our Seniors!
Senior Care Plus!
Davis Chiropractic takes special care in treating our seniors to ensure that the Golden Years are lived without unnecessary pain or medication. MEDICARE now covers one WELLNESS
Visits each year for the purpose of consulting with your Doctor to receive Wellness advice, exercises and lifestyle advice to protect your health. DAVIS CHIROPRACTIC has been delivering WELLNESS care for 34 years as part of our comprehensive care and treatment of our patients.
As we get older, we naturally get stiffer. When we get stiffer, we get weaker. The stiffness and weakness of old age makes us more vulnerable to the risk of straining and spraining our bodies. Chiropractic care helps to make our muscles more flexible so that we can regain the strength that we had when we were younger. Increasing the pain free activity level for our seniors helps them live healthier lives. Minor subluxations that we acquire when we are young can turn into serious issues including fused discs, ribboned nerves, bone spurs and chronic pain (including neck pain, back pain and headaches).
Davis Chiropractic has an office in Reno to conveniently serve our seniors needs.
Article for Senior Spectrum
The Best Kept Secret for a Longer and More Active
By Dr. Lawrence Davis, Davis Chiropractic
As we get older our muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues get stiffer. When they get stiffer they get weaker, making it difficult for us to stay as active as we like, for as long as we like. We become more fragile and vulnerable to new injuries. This is specifically true regarding the deepest soft tissue structures which support and operate our spine from the very top of our neck to our low back, hips and pelvis.
Exercising and stretching are vital for our external muscles as we age. The fact is that these activities are not effective in improving or maintaining the deep ligaments, tendons and other soft tissue structures for our spine which actually control how flexible and strong our bodies can be.
Mobility versus Range of Motion [or Flexibility]
Doctors examining spines will measure what is called range of motion [ROM]. What we have discovered is that a patient may display a normal neck ROM [in this example we will use the neck although this is true throughout the spine] and can turn left and right approximately 80 degrees. It would be a misdiagnosis to assume that a normal ROM measurement also means the neck has normal mobility.
Here is why: Each individual bone or vertebra in our neck must contribute its individual movement or mobility to make up the total measurement of the ROM. If one vertebra is working at 50% less mobility but several other vertebra are over compensating by over stretching to make up the difference we have several diagnostic issues here which are not normal. We have a stiffening joint at one vertebra and we have over working joints at several additional areas.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Stiffening joints can lead to loss of disc space and fusion. Joints are designed to allow motion up to a certain point. Keeping joints moving properly helps keep the joint healthy and it also helps keep the discs [which are like shock absorbers between the vertebrae] healthy. Discs rely upon motion in order to acquire their nutrition and hydration.
Loss of normal mobility will lead to discs getting less nutrition becoming dehydrated. This leads to a painful and debilitating condition commonly referred to as degenerative disc disease [DDD].
Degenerative Joint Disease
Overworking joints lead to pain. If a joint is not only doing it’s job but is called upon to over work to compensate for stiffer neighboring joints causing irritation leading to inflammation which we know is painful. A persistent state of damaging over use leads to what is commonly referred to as degenerative joint disease [DJD]. X-ray shows bone spurs growing out from the afflicted vertebrae at a progressively accelerate rate compared to non afflicted vertebrae in their spine. The afflicted vertebral joints can eventually fuse together.
Spinal Manipulative Therapy
An effective treatment to address this extremely common situation in aging spines of DDD and DJD is spinal
manipulative therapy [SMT]. There are a number of ways to safely administer this therapy to Senior age patients. Doctors of Chiropractic are highly trained in SMT and are considered the number one health care delivery profession to utilize this care.
A spinal correction called an “adjustment” is delivered for the purpose of restoring proper mobility to individual spinal joints. This rehabilitates underperforming or stiff joints which alleviates the damaging stress on joints that are over working to compensate for the underperforming joints. Diagnosis is performed using standard orthopedic tests to determine mobility as well as ROM and using X-ray to determine if there is absolute evidence of DJD and DDD.
Patients with DDD and DJD, following proper care, report greater ability to perform activities of daily living,
greater endurance, significantly decreased or even alleviated pain levels and a general sense of well being similar to how they felt when much younger. With follow up care based upon progress exams many senior patients report that these benefits are very long lasting. Significantly important is that on follow up X-rays we see that the progressive accelerated DJD and DDD appear to stop progressing at an accelerated rate and in some cases we see healing and restoration evidenced by improved structures.
Spinal Manipulative Therapy can be safely delivered to even very advanced cases of DJD and DDD and does not need to involve what is traditionally thought of as twisting, popping or cracking. As part of a healthy lifestyle,as we age, I believe you will see that a visit to evaluate your level of progressive accelerated spinal degeneration and subsequent care to address these conditions can lead to a longer and more active lifestyle.