The theme of this years #Backcare Awareness Week is Back Pain in Older Adults.

For many older adults this is something that people live with on a daily basis, whether it’s a niggle here and there or something more persistent that affects how you do the things you enjoy and the jobs around the house. All too often I have patients who come in and have been told ‘Oh, it’s arthritis, there’s nothing we can do’ or ‘It’s just your age’.

Well at Chiropractic Works we don’t say the ‘A’ word. We find that many people who have a condition such as osteoarthritis or spondylosis can be helped, and whilst we aren’t saying we can do miracle cures, for many we can help manage the problems they are having in a better way.

What is osteoarthritis anyway? Osteoarthritis is when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones breaks down, causing pain, swelling and problems moving the joint. Bony growths can develop, and the area can become inflamed. When this happens it is irreversible, what we can have an impact on is how the joint functions and moves. This will reduce the pain and discomfort people experience from osteoarthritis.

Chiropractic offers relief for many back and neck pain sufferers. It’s not a long term fix, it is gentle, it can be very effective in increasing the range of motion within the area i.e. flexibility and also reducing pain and stiffness levels.

It is well known that exercise helps with many conditions of the body. This is true of many back conditions too. However, sometimes you need that relief of discomfort or pain before you feel you can exercise. This is where Chiropractic can help. It could be the stepping stone you need in order to do that exercise which will help you feel fitter and keep you well.

Quite often it is a concerned family member who recommends chiropractic care. So if you think it may help someone then we suggest a 15 minute complimentary chat as an introduction to your chiropractor and allow any of your queries to be answered.

For more information about backcare and what they do check out their website backcare.org.uk.

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