How Physiotherapy and Chiropractic Specialists Can Support the Elderly
Updated: Apr 6
We often deal with elderly clients and are highly experienced in providing treatment for a number of ailments. If you are searching for a physiotherapist or chiropractic specialist for the elderly, then look no further! Our blog will discuss the benefits that a physiotherapist or chiropractic specialist can provide for elderly clients.
How Does Chiropractic Treatment Help Elderly Clients?
There are many ways in which a chiropractic specialist can help elderly clients. Chiropractic care adopts a holistic approach to treatment and searches for the root of the problem, not just the symptoms. Therefore, we often see great results as chiropractic specialists can find issues elsewhere in the body which may be causing pain or discomfort.
Reducing the Risk of Falling
As people age, the possibility and fear of falling increases. Our joints and muscles become weaker, thus reducing our stability and increasing the possibility or losing balance. Hence leading to falls. As we become older, falling can become more dangerous to us as bones can break more easily.
A chiropractic specialist can reduce the likelihood of falls. Chiropractic care can help improve mobility, flexibility, and balance, which can help reduce the risk of falls in elderly people. As a result, balance and coordination is enhanced as realignment can speed up the time it takes for messages to move through the central nervous system. Thus, allowing people to react faster to a loss of balance and reducing the likelihood of a dangerous fall. This means that they can stay active and independent for longer, which is beneficial for them and their families.
Chronic Pain Relief
As we age, the cartilage between joints is worn down, causing bones to rub against one another. This can be painful and will not improve without treatment. A chiropractic specialist can provide relief from chronic pain by gently manipulating the spine and other joints into alignment. This will take pressure off of the nerves and improve circulation, providing relief from pain. This also enhances joint function as the range of movement is increased, thus reducing the friction of bones rubbing against each other.
One common condition elderly people experience is osteoporosis. This is where the bones in the body become thin and fragile. chiropractic care can help to improve osteoporosis by stimulating the production of new bone cells. This can help to make the bones stronger and less likely to break. In the event of a fall, this reduces the likelihood of bones breaking, and reducing the overall risk of falls to elderly clients.
Chiropractic care is not just for the musculoskeletal system, it can also help improve whole-body health. This is because a chiropractic specialist focuses on the nervous system and how it affects the body as a whole. When the spine is out of alignment, it can cause problems with the nervous system. This can lead to issues such as poor circulation, digestion problems, and even pain elsewhere in the body. A chiropractic specialist can help to realign the spine and improve the flow of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. This can help to improve overall health and wellbeing. As a result, we find that clients feel far better regarding their general health, and often return for repeated treatments.
How Does Physiotherapy Help Elderly Patients?
Physiotherapists have a vital and important role in working with elderly people. Physiotherapists work with elderly people to help them maintain their independence and improve their quality of life. They are involved in preventing disease and disability, treating current conditions, managing inpatient care and following up in the community. This means that physiotherapists can make a real difference to the lives of elderly people.
Physiotherapy for Parkinson's disease focuses on improving posture, arm function, walking, balance and training on safely managing transfers from one position to another. Physiotherapists use physical therapy, as well as exercise to help initiating movement to improve independence and safety. In many cases, physiotherapy can help elderly patients live more independently and improve their quality of life. This helps to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson's disease and helps them to maintain their independence.
Falls are a major concern for elderly people and can have far-reaching consequences, including injury, loss of independence, reduced mobility and social isolation. Physiotherapists play an important role in helping to prevent falls by conducting risk assessments and working with the patient to develop a personalised plan to address any risk factors they may have. Aside from manual therapy and massage, this can include using strength training and balance exercises, as well as making adaptations in their home environment to help them stay safe. By working closely with physiotherapists, elderly people can reduce their risk of falling and enjoy greater independence and quality of life.
Physiotherapy can also help to improve osteoporosis by helping to increase the range of motion in the joints. This can help to reduce pain and stiffness in the joints. Physiotherapy can also help to improve balance and coordination, which can help to prevent falls.
Physiotherapists can help by devising exercise programmes to strengthen back muscles, encourage functional ability and increase bone density by promoting weight-bearing and balance activities. This increases the muscles' ability to carry weight without causing individuals to lose balance. This helps elderly patients with osteoporosis as less weight and stress is placed on weaker, brittle bones.
Are chiropractors in the UK covered by the NHS?
Chiropractic care is not generally covered by the NHS in the UK. However, some private health insurance plans may cover chiropractic care.
At Falcon Health, we are highly experienced in providing treatment to elderly patients. Our consultant physiotherapists and chiropractic specialist are well-versed in diagnosing issues, providing treatment and prescribing exercise to support rehabilitation and prevent injury. We are certain that we can provide the best treatment for all of our elderly clients.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with our physiotherapists or chiropractic specialist, then contact us or book now to schedule a consultation. For more information on our physiotherapy and chiropractic specialist clinic, explore our website or contact us on 01444 257555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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