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Chiropractic Care in the Elderly helping to reduce risks of falling and improving senses.


Chiropractic Care for the elderly

Chiropractic Care in the Elderly helping to reduce risks of falling and improving senses.

Did you know that 80% of injury related hospital admissions in people older than 65 years are the leading cause of injury related death in older adults.

What are the risks associated with falls?

Lower Limb Weakness

Recent History of falling

Gait Deficits

Deterioration of the sensorimotor system (this occurs with normal aging)

How Can Chiropractic Help?

Chiropractors can help influence sensorimotor functions by:

1. Neuroplastic processes in the central nervous system through altered afferent input.

2. Pain and altered cognition as a result with respect to attention focus and physical function

3. Muscle strength and muscle activity patters

4. Deterioration of the sensorimotor system that occurs regularly with normal aging

Research found that after a thoracic chiropractic adjustment that there was a reduction in Blood oxygen level dependent activity. (more specifically the cingulate, insular, motor, amygdala and somatosensory cortices and the PAG regions.

The motor cortex is involved in planning and execution of voluntary movements. The somatosensory cortex is involved in processing sense of touch and the PAG is for descending pain modulation

Coronado et al. (2012) reported that, “Reductions in pain sensitivity, or hypoalgesia, following SMT [spinal manipulative therapy or the chiropractic adjustment] may be indicative of a mechanism related to the modulation of afferent input or central nervous system processing of pain” (p. 752). “

Holt et. Al found that outcomes measured for both sensorimotor and quality of life increased with chiropractic care. The primary outcomes of improvement choice stepping reaction time (CSRT)and sound-induced flash illusion

Worried about the safety?

Whedon et al. 2015 stated that: “No mechanism by which SM [spinal manipulation] induces injury into normal healthy tissues has been identified” (Whedon et al., 2015, p. 5).


If you want more information. Please call Health Wise Chiropractic 03 9467 7889 or book online to see one of our Chiropractors in Sunbury or Bundoora Today!

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References:

1. Holt K., Haavik H., Lee A., Murphy B., Elley C., (2016) Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care to Improve Sensorimotor Function Associated with Falls Risk in Older People: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 39(4) 267-278

2. Falls and Older Adults, Causes and Risk Factors (n.d.) National Institute of Health, retrieved from: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/causesandriskfactors/01.html

3. Gay, C. W., Robinson, M. E., George, S. Z., Perlstein, W. M., & Bishop, M. D. (2014). Immediate changes after manual therapy in resting-state functional connectivity as measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging in participants with induced low back pain.Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 37(9), 614-627.

4. Coronado, R. A., Gay, C. W., Bialosky, J. E., Carnaby, G. D., Bishop, M. D., & George, S. Z. (2012). Changes in pain sensitivity following spinal manipulation: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of Electromyography Kinesiology, 22(5), 752-767.

Whedon, J. M., Mackenzie, T. A., Phillips, R. B., & Lurie, J. D. (2015). Risk of traumatic injury associated with chiropractic spinal manipulation in Medicare Part B beneficiaries aged 66-69 years. Spine, 40(4), 264-270

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