Surprising Ways Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Care Can Boost Senior Mobility

As we age, our bodies undergo several changes that can impact our mobility. Senior citizens may experience a decline in strength, flexibility, and balance, making it more challenging to move around and perform daily activities. Here are some of the top mobility issues that seniors may face:

Joint Stiffness

Joint stiffness is a common mobility issue that can result from a variety of factors including arthritis, injuries, and skeletal ageing. Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in the joints, leading to pain and stiffness. The stiffness can make it challenging to move joints freely, meaning a reduction in active range of motion, and therefore further stiffness. The time tested mantra is not wrong – use it or lose it!

Muscle Weakness

Muscle weakness is another common problem. It’s often caused by a reduction in physical activity, which can lead to the loss of muscle mass and strength. As a result daily activities such as walking up stairs or lifting objects, may feel more laborious. This is something that regular targeted exercises from a professional can help with. Each exercise we recommend is tailored to the individual and your goals. There is nothing to say that just because you may be advancing in years that your physicality has to reflect that.

Poor Balance

Poor balance is a significant mobility issue that affects many seniors, particularly those over 65. It can be caused by several factors, including inner ear issues, neuropathy (nerve damage or de-conditioning), and unwanted side effects of medication. Poor balance, or Proprioception as we would term it, may make it challenging for seniors to stand or walk without support, leading to a higher risk of falls and injuries. Falls risk in the more senior years is a real consideration and falls prevention is paramount in the work we do with our elderly community. There is a very close link to falls and both morbidity and mortality within the elderly population. Through Chiropractic adjustments and balance and strength training we can stimulate both nervous and muscular systems to do our best to prevent falls happening in the first instance.

In our practice, we use a range of natural techniques to alleviate joint stiffness, improve muscle strength, and promote better balance. We also recommend exercises and stretches that can help seniors improve their mobility and prevent falls, helping them make the most out of their golden years.

If you or a loved one are struggling with mobility issues, please schedule an appointment with our team. We can evaluate your specific needs and create a custom care plan to help you improve your mobility and prevent falls. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you regain your mobility and maintain your independence.

Rebecca and Andy Mitchell
Chiropractor and Physiotherapist
Hungerford Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Healthcare

The Croft Hall, Hungerford,
01488 683 666

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