5 Chiropractic Pain Relief Techniques Suited for Geriatric Patients
As we age, our bodies start to break down, and we don’t feel like we used to. Years of wear and tear on bones, ligaments, and joints can lead to degenerative diseases and health problems. Two of the most common age-related problems we see at Posture Works are degenerative disc disease and osteoporosis.
When their musculoskeletal systems start showing signs of degeneration, our senior patients in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO turn to us for pain relief. Working with geriatric patients can be difficult, though, because the bones are typically more fragile, and pain may be more severe. Thankfully, chiropractic utilizes numerous non-invasive, effective techniques intended to ease pain in senior patients.
Common sources of pain in senior patients
Back, neck, and hip pain are a few of the common areas that geriatric patients seem to struggle with as they age. These areas may be afflicted with a number of conditions, such as degenerative disc disease, osteoporosis, or arthritis. If no particular condition is present, it’s very possible that the patient is simply feeling the effects of misalignment throughout the body.
Whatever the cause, living in pain should not be the reality for these patients. Many traditional doctors recommend anti-inflammatory medications or invasive procedures like surgery to alleviate pain, but these methods either don’t address the root of the problem or can decrease the quality of life for patients.
Gentle chiropractic techniques for pain relief
In contrast to invasive pain relief techniques, chiropractic offers safe, gentle methods of relieving pain that are suitable for geriatric clients. Many people worry that chiropractic is not a safe method of pain relief for older patients because of the force involved in some manipulations. However, chiropractors do not need to provide forceful manipulations to see results. Many of these methods are conducted with slow, careful movements designed to strengthen, improve mobility, and promote total-body health.
- Gentle manipulations: Chiropractic is best known for its spinal manipulations and adjustments, which realign the body’s musculoskeletal system and may alleviate pain caused by improper postures or movements. When working with a geriatric patient, a chiropractor will often use much softer, slower manipulation techniques that apply less force to the body to prevent pain or injury.
- Physical exercise: Almost all spinal conditions can benefit from guided physical exercises by a chiropractor. Exercising helps keep the body mobile and strengthens the muscles surrounding important bone structures. This may help stabilize the body and prevent future problems with the joints, bones and vertebral discs.
- Soft tissue massages: Sometimes, the muscles of geriatric patients become extremely tight because of repeated movements, muscular pulling, and misalignment. Before the body can be realigned, chiropractors may need to provide soft tissue massages in trigger points to release tension and allow the body to resume its natural formation.
- Lifestyle recommendations: Much of pain relief has to do with how the patient lives their life at home. This may include diet, exercise, sleep, substance abuse, and more. During a chiropractic session, a chiropractor may provide the patient with recommendations for lifestyle changes that may help alleviate pain, such as an improved diet or heat and cold therapy.
- Stretches: Another critical component of musculoskeletal health is stretching. Stretching may help alleviate pain and prevent pain from returning or worsening over time. Chiropractors may walk patients through stretches they can do at home daily to improve mobility and strengthen the body.
Chiropractors may have a lot of benefits to offer geriatric patients through their non-invasive, safe techniques for pain relief. At Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO, we treat every patient, young or old, with the same individualized approach to total-body wellness. Call us today to learn more about our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) method and to schedule an appointment.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.