Over the years, the value of chiropractic care has been more widely recognized and accepted as more than “alternative medicine,” but a viable treatment modality for many ailments including chronic pain, intestinal issues, headaches, sleep disorders, and mental health concerns. In some cases, chiropractic care has proven itself to be more beneficial and effective to prescription medications. However, what is still not widely understood is that chiropractic care can be used as a preventative treatment instead of merely reactive to symptoms, and that chiropractic care can be utilized by people of all ages. Yes, you read that right, people of all ages, from newborns to centenarians! In today’s post, we will reveal some of the benefits of chiropractic care in each age group.
Newborns and Infants
The birthing experience is physically traumatic for the baby being born as much so as for the mother. A newborn chiropractic assessment can ensure proper spinal and joint alignment that helps support the overall functioning of your newborn’s body and encourages optimal wellness. For any aged infant, chiropractic care is useful in treating ear infections, colic and acid reflux, general fussiness, and breastfeeding and latching issues. Infant chiropractic care looks much different than what you may experience as an adult — gentle massage and rotation are used rather than traditional chiropractic manipulations.
Kids and Teens
Pediatric chiropractic care for children, from toddlerhood to adolescence, experience daily physical stress and musculoskeletal trauma as a normal part of aging, developing, and exploring the world around them. From sitting in school to trips and falls, to sports injuries, the body begins experiencing stress at a very young age. Children who receive chiropractic care tend to experience better sleep patterns, improved mood and behavior, a boosted immune system, fewer reports of asthma and allergies, and have better posture and concentration. Pediatric chiropractic care can be used to treat ADHD, reflux, constipation, and bedwetting.
Adults and Middle Age
Over a lifetime of use, the body has a way of breaking down on us. Chiropractic care can help reduce the symptoms of physiological aging that come with physical and emotional stress including sleep disturbances, chronic pain, digestive issues, and helping alleviate symptoms of acute injury or illness. By supporting the immune system and hormone balance, chiropractic care for adults improves your overall health and wellness. Most commonly, chiropractic care for adults is used following an accident or injury, and once the other benefits are experienced, the healed become clients for life!
Seniors and the Elderly
As we age, our tissues don’t repair as quickly, and our cells don’t regenerate as readily. This leads to a host of musculoskeletal issues including osteoporosis, arthritis, and chronic pain. Chiropractic care can help relieve chronic pains and improve balance, coordination, flexibility, and range of motion that are important to reducing falls and the risk of musculoskeletal injury. For seniors, chiropractic care can also help stimulate a slowing gut, provide an immune boost, and help slow the progression of neurological disorders. Due to decreased pain and stiffness, improved immune and physical function, seniors who receive regular chiropractic care are more apt to stay active and have decreased rates of hospital stays and nursing home admissions.
Regardless of how old you or your loved one is, chiropractic care offers a wide variety of physical and mental benefits. Help support your family’s health and wellbeing by scheduling a chiropractic evaluation and alignment with Dr. Perlstein at Family Chiropractic Center of Santa Fe today.