Chiropractic care linked to a reduced risk of falls in the elderly

This year Spinal Awareness Week is from 7-13 June and the focus is on reducing the risk of falls in the elderly. While only 5% of falls in older people result in a fracture or hospitalization, almost all – 95% – of the UK’s 86,000 hip fractures per year are the result of a fall. As you can imagine, the statistics are going to be similar for Spain and the rest of Europe.
In the elderly, falls result in a lack of confidence which in turn result is the elderly doing less. The consequence of this reduced mobility compounds the original problem further accelerating the decline in mobility and stability and independence, setting up a vicious circle.

The latest research suggests regular chiropractic care reduces the risk of falling among the elderly by tackling some of the main causes. Regular chiropractic has also been shown to increase mobility, flexibility and balance in older people, meaning they are able to be more active. They are also less likely to have falls or to suffer from so-called ‘sitting disease’ which is linked to heart problems, increased disability and other serious illnesses.

Even if you are not so old, chiropractic can have a huge effect on your health.

Dr Mark Lane of Marbella Chiropractic, Guadalmina says that by literally taking steps now, older people could add years to their active lives – and it would save the Sistema Nacional de Salud (SNS), millions of euros each year.

In a 2014 report, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, stated Injurious falls are the leading cause of accident-related mortality in older people. After a fall, there is a 50% risk of reduced mobility.

A fall also destroys confidence and increases isolation, with many older people too scared to leave their homes for fear of another fall. While 5% of falls in older people result in a fracture or hospitalization, almost all – 95% – of the UK’s 86,000 hip fractures per year are the result of a fall. The Dr Mark points to new research which suggests regular chiropractic care reduces the risk of falling among the elderly by tackling some of the main causes. The study was carried out by Dr Kelly Holt at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. The results show that in the space of just three months “chiropractic care improves sensorimotor function related to falls risk in community dwelling older people” and that “this may well mean that chiropractic care can help to reduce the number of falls that older adults suffer”.

A big reason behind the gradual drop in co-ordination among older people is a decline in the way the nervous system works. Mark Lane says: “With regular chiropractic, the central nervous system continues to send the right messages to the brain so people are able to retain their balance and body sense.”
Dr Mark says regular chiropractic has been shown to increase mobility, flexibility and balance in older people, meaning they are able to be more active. They are also less likely to have falls or to suffer from so-called ‘sitting disease’ which is linked to heart problems, increased disability and other serious illnesses. “People are never too old for chiropractic care because care is tailored to each patient.

Dr Mark has launched a Make Health Last campaign as part of Marbella Chiropractic’s 2015 Spinal Awareness Week on 7-13 June. As people are now living much longer, more needs to be done sooner to enable people to stay mobile. As a part of the week Marbella Chiropractic is offering health classes and a reduced fee for the initial consultation.
Mark Lane, says he has seen huge improvements in the balance and mobility of older people who receive care: “Without fail they are more active than those who don’t receive care.”
The evidence is out there that chiropractic has a big role to play.

INFO:
Marbella Chiropractic
Guadalmina, San Pedro Alcantara
Tel: 952 880 398
www.marbellachiropractic.com

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