A patient asked me yesterday if it was too late for chiropractic to help her 90-year-old father.
I told her no! We have many patients in their 80’s and 90’s who respond excellently to chiropractic care. I told her our office has seen babies as young as three hours old to people over 100 years. She was surprised.
Often people think that chiropractic is only for the young. As many of our patients can attest, chiropractic is beneficial for older adults too.
Medicare did a study several years ago looking at people over the age of 65 who had been under long term chiropractic care. In the study, they found that those folks had 78% fewer hospitalizations and 80% less prescription drug use.
WOW!! Who doesn’t want that?
One of my favorite patients was a woman who first came to our office in her mid 80’s.
She had no symptoms but told me she just wanted to make sure her spine was correctly aligned and to get under regular chiropractic care.
In taking her history, I was surprised.
She was on no medication, had never taken any drugs – even over the counter drugs. She had never been in the hospital and had even had her children at home. Upon examination, she could palm the floor, had no arthritis in her spine and her balance was excellent.
I asked her how she had stayed so healthy.
She shared her history.
She was born in a small town in Oklahoma and the only doctor for 50 miles was a chiropractor. He delivered her and she has been adjusted every two weeks since then. She also related that as her primary doctor he had taught her and her family about the chiropractic lifestyle. He recommended growing their own food and not eating anything “fake” or processed. He recommended exercise, 8 hours of sleep, and positive thinking. She told me she had followed that advice all her life and it had served her well.
She was a patient for over 20 years; living in her own home and maintaining a large garden. She died in her sleep at age 104.
I was so grateful to be part of her journey and to learn so much from her.
Regular chiropractic care makes a significant difference in your longterm health!
Contact us. We are here to help!
Dr. Julia Keiser