In Canada, the average life expectancy is increasing and is reported as 80 for males and 84 for females1; however, are Canadians living full, active, and healthy lives as they age? In reality, active living is crucial for healthy aging, maintenance of the quality of life, and independence. Preserving fitness and mobility can help prevent and manage chronic conditions that too frequently impact seniors. In fact, even a moderate level of physical activity can improve balance, endurance, and bone strength.
As we age, we are generally more susceptible to develop injuries, aches, and pain. Canada’s chiropractors are committed to helping Canadians live healthy lives by reducing the risk of falls, injury, and disability. Chiropractors can help in testing your strength, mobility, function, and balance, as well as advise on exercise, nutrition, and preventative strategies. Aging populations are more likely to suffer from:
Osteoarthritis – deteriorating cartilage in the joints
Spinal stenosis – narrowing of the canal in the vertebrae impinging on the nerve roots causing pain/numbness
Degenerative meniscal tear
Repetitive strain injuries
Osteoporosis – a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP?
Increase range of motion and function
Decrease the progression of degeneration in the joints
Reduce the risk of falls
1. World Health Organization. (2014). World Health Statistics. 2. World Health Organization. (2008). Global Report on Falls Prevention in Older Age. Geneva: World Health Organization. 3. Scott, V., Peck, S. & Kendall, P. (2004). Prevention of Falls and Injuries Among the Elderly: A Special Report from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer. Victoria BC: Provincial Health Office, BC Ministry of Health Services