How Chiropractic Service Benefits Seniors

For seniors or people approaching senior age, pain relief can be a constant desire. Our bodies have a harder time keeping up with daily wear and tear as we age, and corresponding pain and discomfort is only too common.

We provide chiropractic care for people of all ages at Apollo Chiropractic, and our services can be of particular benefit for the elderly in several areas. Let’s take a look at how chiropractic treatment might benefit you or another aging loved one.

Pain Relief

Back and shoulder pain are incredibly common among seniors, and chiropractic care is one of the most effective – and safest – ways to help relieve it. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications may mask pain for periods of time, but they aren’t long term solutions like chiropractic services often can be. Additionally, a chiropractor doesn’t open seniors up to issues like medication dependency or large related expenses.

Motion and Coordination

Not only can chiropractic care increase range of motion in the neck and spine, it has shown the ability to do so in other extremities as well. This may allow many seniors to complete tasks they were previously unable to – often immediately after seeing a chiropractor, with no delay.

In addition, balance and coordination are big aging issues that can be combatted. Many of these balance problems have been traced back to degenerative issues in the back, but chiropractic care can help stabilize many of these issues by getting to the root of the balance issues.

Joint Health

The spine is a series of joints, and a spine that’s badly aligned will begin to wear down all its elements – these joints included – over time. Chiropractic treatment helps align the spine and reduce stress to joints, which can be a major boon for people dealing with these issues at an advanced age.

Overall Well-Being

It may not necessarily be quantifiable, but the way seniors feel is a vital consideration as the aging process continues. Feeling energetic and healthy every day goes a long way for many people, and a visit to the chiropractor is a great way to bring on those feelings while also making practical and useful bodily adjustments. Regular chiropractic care can lead to major increases in quality of life.

Want to learn more about this or any of our other massage therapy or chiropractic services? Our professional staff at Apollo Chiropractic is standing by.

Three Important Steps to Accident Recovery

Auto accidents can be terrifying experiences, and those memories last longer after the accident in the form of pain and injuries from the accident itself. In order to ensure that your accident recovery goes off without a hitch, you must be aware of your injuries. While adrenaline is high and frustration apparent after an auto accident, your physical health is the most important thing you can walk away with after a collision.

Here at Apollo Chiropractor, we use several techniques to aid in the process of recovery after an accident, and we have three tips you should always use when you have back pain from a collision.

Seek Medical Attention

Before you get the registration and insurance information from the other party and file a police report, your first step is to make sure that you are in good health and have no serious injuries. If your neck feels sore or stiff after an accident, you may have a common condition known as whiplash. Back pain and injuries should be treated quickly and with the help of a chiropractor.

You may feel healthy immediately after the incident, but this doesn’t mean that you don’t need a full evaluation. Problems with your neck or back may pop up later and seriously affect your quality of life.

Treat the Problem Quickly

Don’t ignore the problem hoping it will go away. Many injuries just get worse over time, but are attributed to soreness or bruising from the accident. Visit a chiropractor quickly in order to prevent serious problems that may come from minor ailments. Many injuries can be treated with a basic massage.

Stay Hydrated

When the body is healing and recovering from an incident, it needs the right amount of fluids and rest in order to do so quickly and correctly. Drink lots of water and take the necessary time to rest your body before going back to real life.

Call Apollo

If you have been injured in some type of accident and need help on your way to recovery, call our offices today at 801-685-2862.

 

 

 

4 Benefits of Massage Therapy in a Pain Management Plan

When most people think of massage therapy, they think about something that is reserved for luxurious vacations or a pampering day at the spa. What you might not think about is how beneficial massage can be for many people in their everyday life, especially those who are managing chronic pain. Today many people take part in massage—and not just the spa treatment variety—to help with chronic pain. Massage may not necessarily take the place of other more traditional medical treatment options, but it can be beneficial to add to an overall pain management plan. Here’s why.

Serotonin Release

During massage, your body will release serotonin, a chemical found in the human body that is used as a neurotransmitter and is thought to be a natural anti-pain chemical. It also doesn’t come with the risks or side effects that some over-the-counter medications or prescription opioid pain relief can cause.

Deep, Restorative Sleep

A favorite saying of many doctors is that “sleep is medicine”. Getting enough sleep has tons of benefits for your body, ranging from feeling better and being more alert to regulating appetite and even reducing pain. Even if you are in bed for several hours each night, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting the type of sleep your body needs to heal. A lack of deep, restorative sleep (often called REM, or rapid eye movement sleep) might be aggravating your pain or preventing your body from feeling better. Massage can help you relax, helping to increase your body’s ability to get deep sleep.

Improved Fitness and Physical Function

Studies in two groups of people with the chronic pain conditions fibromyalgia and arthritis showed that massage therapy helped improve pain, reduce stiffness, and increase the physical function of those who received it on a regular basis—as evidenced by their ability to walk a distance of 50 feet in a shorter time period and while reporting less pain. Arthritis sufferers also reported that they had better grip strength and lower instances of anxiety and depression when participating in regular massage.

Reduced Anxiety and Improved Mood

The relaxation that you can achieve with massage can also help reduce anxiety and depression, conditions often associated with chronic pain. In fact, in studies conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association, patients rated massage just as high or higher than medications for its ability to provide pain relief.

Massage therapy is beneficial as part of a whole-body approach to pain management. Studies have shown it to be highly effective in helping manage chronic pain associated with arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and other similar conditions. The great news is that you don’t even have to schedule long blocks of time for your massages—many patients see benefits with as little as one to two 20-minute massages each week. To find out more about how massage can help with your chronic pain and how it can be incorporated with other treatments from your chiropractor, visit Apollo Chiropractor today.

5 Things You Should Know That Could Help After an Accident

Millions of people rely on their vehicles every year to get them to and from their daily appointments and obligations. Fortunately most people will never experience a serious accident, but if it ever does happen to you (and it can happen to anyone out on the roads), and it results in injury to you or someone else, it’s important to know what to do and what not to do.

Get the Police Involved

Even in a minor fender-bender, it’s always a good idea to call the police, and make sure you never leave the scene of an accident, no matter how minor you think it is. Insurance companies may require a police report if you plan to file a claim, and the authorities can investigate the cause of the accident and ensure that you get the proper information from the other driver(s) if someone else was at fault for the accident.

 Tell the Officers the Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

This might seem like a no-brainer, but many people who were involved in an accident want to be helpful and will speculate, guess, or simply misstate what happened when talking to the police. If you don’t know something, say that. If you are not sure of something, don’t guess, just say you are not sure. This also applies to injuries—if you are unsure of whether or not you are injured, don’t say you are fine. You don’t have to lie and make up an injury, but you can say you’re not sure if you are injured. The adrenaline and shock of an accident might mask the initial symptoms, so saying you’re unsure keeps the door open for insurance to cover injuries that might manifest later.

Document with Photos

Barring serious injury, take time to document accidents with photos and videos right after the accident occurs. Once the police are on scene, you can continue to take photos as long as it doesn’t interfere with their investigation. You can also photograph visible injuries on you or your passenger(s). If it’s not possible to take photos at the scene of the accident, take some as soon as you can afterwards.

Report it to Your Insurance

Any accident should be reported to your insurance immediately. If you suffered from an injury, this is particularly important so the insurance can cover the costs of treatment at a hospital, family physician, or other specialist such as a chiropractor. If you think you might be entitled to additional compensation, think about consulting an attorney to help you understand your rights.

Get Medical Attention

Some injuries from an accident are immediately obvious, but sometimes you might feel okay initially only to find out later that you had an injury you were unaware of—things that are not so easily visible, such as whiplash, concussion, spinal injuries, or other internal injuries. After any accident you should visit a medical professional for evaluation to ensure your health and safety in the future. That could be a hospital, a personal family physician, or an experienced accident recovery professional such as a chiropractor.