ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


Updated on January 24, 2014

Stay fit; stay well


SENIORS can improve their quality of life, reduce their need for medication and cut the cost burden on our healthcare system by using preventative health treatments, according to the Chiropractors‟ Association of Australia (NSW) President, Mr Bryce Conrad.

By seeking preventative health treatments such as chiropractic care which uses safe and natural methods seniors could improve health and prolong a vibrant and productive life.

Mr Conrad said chiropractic care in particular can help reduce the risk of falls - a common cause of injury in the growing population of 65 years and older (an age group estimated to number world-wide almost two billion by 20501) – which has a direct cost to our health system of approximately $6,500 per one fall injury episode in Australia2.

“Falls and consequent injuries (such as hip fractures, upper limb injuries or traumatic brain injuries) in the aging population are often due to problems in balance and coordination and can come from injury or degenerative changes to the spine,” he said.

“Chiropractic care can help restore balance and coordination by stimulating the joint receptors (mechanoreceptors) in the cervical spine through adjustive techniques and soft tissue therapy,” he said.

“Chiropractors can also prescribe stretching and exercise programs to increase strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and coordination, which aid in fall prevention.”

A US-based study3 found elderly chiropractic users were:

· less likely to have been hospitalised or use a nursing home;

· more likely to report a better health status;

· exercised more;

· more mobile; and

· were less likely to use prescription drugs.

Many senior patients treated with regular chiropractic care agree with the benefits. It‟s very common to hear them say things such as “I can sleep through the night‟, “I have so much energy now‟, “I can garden again without pain‟ and simply “life is worth living again‟.”

“As a result of the improved mobility achieved by using chiropractic treatment, I know a grandmother who is now able to bend down to pick up her grandchildren again, and a senior golfer who says he can now get a longer distance out of a driver on the golf course,” said Mr Conrad.

He said chiropractic treatments can be specifically tailored to elderly patients and are designed to eliminate acute and chronic pain, increase flexibility, improve mobility and function, increase strength, enhance balance and increase the overall quality of life.


1 “WHO Global Report on Falls Prevention in Older Age”, World Health Organisation (2007) p. 3

2 Cost cited in AUS $,6500 in 2001 -2002, “WHO Global Report on Falls Prevention in Older Age”, World Health Organisation (2007) p 6

3 “Chiropractic care for the Elderly”, “Topics in Clinical Chiropractic”, Coulter et al. (1996) (

The study found:

* 44% of those who used chiropractic care reported having arthritis compared with 66% in the non-chiropractic care group;

• those who used chiropractic care were more likely to do strenuous levels of exercise;

• at three years follow-up, less than 5% of those who used chiropractic care lived in a nursing home while 48% of those who did not use chiropractic care did live in a nursing home;

• at five years follow-up, only 26% of those who used chiropractic care were hospitalized compared with 48% of those in the non-chiropractic group

Chiropractic is the world‟s largest non-surgical, non-drug prescribing, primary contact health care profession. In Australia, there are more than 4,000 registered chiropractors and nearly 200,000 patient visits to chiropractors each week, according to Mr Conrad.

Adapted from: CAANSW 16 March, 2010 MEDIA RELEASE



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)