Aging can be difficult as one navigates new or existing health needs, or those of loved ones. Treatment by health practitioners (Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Naturopaths, Acupuncturist, Osteoapth, etc.) can assist aging Canadians maintain a pain-free and healthy life by providing relief from MSK and other conditions. Such conditions are often associated with increasing age such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis, among others.
Did you know?
Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are the most common causes of long-term pain and disability in Canadians over 60. Due to their extensive training and expertise, Canadian health practitioners can play an important role in the prevention and management of MSK conditions that may negatively impact your health and wellbeing. In fact, chiropractors and other health providers can help you maintain your mobility and quality of life, foster healthy aging and conserve your independence.
Quality of Life
MSK pain can affect almost every aspect of life including compromised mobility, independent living, difficulty in daily activities, and disturbed sleep patterns. The impact of these can be more profound among aging Canadians, which can complicate day-to-day life. In fact, chronic pain has been associated with disability and even depression.
Promptly addressing the root of the issue is essential. Our practitioners can help assess, diagnose, manage and even prevent MSK conditions. Through a variety of non-invasive, gentle, hands-on therapies, including conservative manual therapies, modalities, exercise and rehabilitation and lifestyle counselling, we can help reduce pain, restore mobility and increase quality of life in older patients. Therapeutic exercise can produce remarkable outcomes in even the very elderly. Building strength also improves balance and coordination, which are essential in preventing falls.
Sometimes the hardest part of managing MSK conditions is seeking care. Often, we fail to ask for help to avoid burdening family, friends and caregivers. But, in many cases, Canadians may have simply resigned themselves to live in pain because they think it is a natural part of aging.
Canadian Chiropractic Association