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Adding Life to Your Years (Posted On: Monday, October 13, 2008)

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As the physical body matures (and our minds become wiser!), many look for ways to maintain their vitality and continue their quality of life.  Studies have shown that chiropractic patients in their senior years report better overall health, have fewer chronic conditions, spend fewer days in nursing homes and hospitals, are more mobile in their communities and are less likely to use prescription drugs than non-chiropractic patients.  Even when the demographics were nearly identical, the chiropractic group reported fewer ongoing health problems. 

Moreover, 87% of these chiropractic patients described their health as good to excellent, compared to just 67% of the non-chiropractic group.

Structure Dictates Function
So what’s the connection?  Chiropractic is a completely natural approach to strengthening the structure and function of the body.  Based on a simple truth: the human body is self-healing and self-regulating.  What enables it to do this?  The amazing and complex nervous system.  Housed within the protection of your skull and vertebrae, the brain and spinal cord - a vast communication network inside your body.  Each of your 750 trillion cells is connected to a nerve.  The nerves carry life-sustaining energy to and from the brain and all your organs.  For the body to be healthy and working well, there can be no disturbance to this remarkable system.

The problem is, interference can be introduced to the spinal cord and nerves by misalignment or poor movement of the vertebrae.  When one, or several, of the vertebrae become stuck or malpositioned, the body’s ability to function optimally is compromised.  Every cell and organ is affected - your digestion, breathing, movement, immune system, and circulation, just to name a few.  When your structure is weakened, so are all the functions in your body.  Using a variety of techniques, Doctors of Chiropractic re-align the spine to restore balance to the body.  Without drugs or surgery, Chiropractors help your body work the way it was designed to.

Finding a Doctor of Chiropractic
Whether you simply want to resolve a painful condition, or restore balance to your body on the path to wellness, a Doctor of Chiropractic can help you.  First, ask yourself  ‘what kind of Doctor am I looking for?’.  Someone who is focused on resolving your condition or someone who is focused on your whole wellbeing?  Just like there is variety among medical doctors, there is variety among chiropractors too.  Ask people you trust for a referral. Then meet the doctor, discuss your needs and goals with them, and see how you feel.

Regaining Your Quality of Life
By far the most common phrase chiropractors hear from their senior patients is “I wish I knew about this years ago.”  Chiropractic care has restored a wonderful quality of life and refueled the passion for living in countless senior citizens worldwide.  After all, isn’t that what the retirement years are supposed to be about?  Enjoying the freedom to participate in activities and hobbies with time that was once consumed by a career or growing family?  Whether it’s playing with your grandchildren, taking a walk to view the glorious fall colours, or simply functioning pain-free in your day to day living, restoring balance to your body and nervous system will help you regain, or simply maintain, a sense of vitality for years to come.

Melissa Vecchio, DC, FICPA
Inner Harmony ~ Family Chiropractic & Wellness Centre
308 Hurontario Street
Collingwood ON L9Y 2M3
Phone: 705.446.9733

Melissa Vecchio, DC is a Chiropractor, writer, and professional speaker practicing in Collingwood, Ontario. She is also the co-founder of the Holistic Living Network, a resource and social network for individuals interested in natural living.

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