Chiropractors Help Baby Boomers Age Better

Over the next 15 years, more than 70 million “baby-boomers”, Americans born between 1946 and 1964, will pass the half-century mark or higher. For many, this has prompted a quest to get healthy and stay healthy through natural means, including alternative health care, such as chiropractic. Preventative health care for the baby boomer generation is more common than in any prior generations.

A recent survey found that more than a third of those surveyed said that chiropractic care prevented the need for prescription drugs and physical therapy. The survey also found that many respondents believe that chiropractic care has helped them avoid back surgery and hospital stays. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), many baby boomers are moving away from the traditional model of ‘disease management’ medical care to a newer model of preventative health care, and chiropractic plays a big role in that shift.

Consistent with previous studies on chiropractic, the study found that doctors of chiropractic received higher ratings in the area of patient satisfaction than did their medical counterparts. Additionally patients said they were more influenced by their chiropractor than by their medical doctor or osteopath. Another study published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that more than half of people over 55 seek chiropractic care for mild to moderate complaints.

In addition to spinal manipulation, two of the most important ways a chiropractor can help baby boomers, and other age groups, is advice about age-appropriate exercise and nutrition.

Feed Your Body Properly

To maintain your physical well-being, be sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet, including fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and grains. For the extra calcium needed for strong bones, try broccoli, kale, collard greens, cabbage and turnip greens. Low-fat milk and yogurt are also good sources of calcium.

In addition:

• Drink ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day to  help keep the kidneys active, dilute and remove toxins from the body, and replace lost fluids. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol are diuretics/dehydrators. Do not substitute them for water.

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