An Elderly Nervous System

A person’s gradual loss of balance and co-ordination, and decrease in mobility and muscle strength, all contribute to one’s fall risk, regardless of age.

One of the most important reasons for a loss of co-ordination in the elderly is a decline in the nervous system function that occurs when people age.  As the body begins to degenerate, the pressure generated by structural misalignments of the spine system commonly alter the efficiency and accuracy of the nerve signals sent to and from the brain.  Over time, if left unchecked, this situation can cause significant loss of balance, poor control of the limbs, and decrease in mobility. 

In the past ten years, researchers have objectively demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments can change and improve aspects of nervous system function; including: muscle reflexes, reaction time and the speed at which our brain processes information.  A recent study by the New Zealand College  of Chiropractic showed significant changes in sensorimeter function (balance and coordination) for elderly patients receiving in chiropractic care compared with a control group. 

Chiropractors are trained to detect and correct spinal misalignments and altered motions, as well as many other common spinal abnormalities which cause nerve irritation and interference. A spine free of nerve irritation and interference allows the brain to guide the body to function the way it was meant to, accurately and efficiently.