Chiropractic For Seniors

Chiropractic care is increasingly becoming not just about cracking your neck and back to relieve pain. More and more it’s being used to bring health to patients.

A Senior Care Company In Albuquerque recommends chiropractic for the health of the elderly.

Chiropractic isn’t just cracking the spine, it’s adjusting it so that the healing power from the brain can make it all the way to body.

It’s amazing what happens when everything is an alignment.

Here are 7 Benefits of Chiropractic for Seniors that I found at

Many seniors are unaware of the outstanding benefits that are possible through regular chiropractic care. I have compiled a list of seven of the most frequent benefits that chiropractic care provides for seniors.

1. Pain Relief
Chiropractic care is one of the most effective and safest forms of health care to treat pain due to spinal related conditions. Chiropractic is so effective because most causes of spinal disorders are related to abnormalities of the spine and the surrounding soft tissue structures. Doctors of Chiropractic are specifically trained to identify and treat subluxations (misalignments of the vertebrae) and their subsequent effect on the central nervous system. Anti-inflammatory medication and pain relievers merely mask the symptoms and have many undesirable side effects.

2. Increased Range of Motion of the Spine and Extremities
Chiropractic care has been shown repeatedly to increase not only the range of motion of the spine but also in the extremities. Increasing a person’s range of motion can positively affect lives in many ways. For some, an increased range of motion means being able to bend down to pick up their grandchildren. For others, it means they can garden without pain or get an extra 40 yards of distance out of their driver on the golf course. In many cases, an increase in range of motion immediately follows chiropractic adjustments. This is one of the reasons why many top professional sporting teams have team chiropractors.

3. Increased Balance and Coordination
Many problems in balance and coordination in the aging population have been shown to come from injury or degenerative changes to the cervical spine (neck region). Structures known as mechanoreceptors are located in the posterior (back) joints of the cervical spine and are responsible for providing the brain with essential information important for balance and coordination. Mechanoreceptors in cervical posterior joints provide major input regarding the position of the head in relation to the body. With aging, mild defects impair mechanoreceptors function and results in a loss of proprioception (sense of body awareness).
With decreased proprioception, body positioning in space is impaired and the patient becomes reliant on vision to know the location of a limb.

To compensate for the loss of proprioception (sense of body awareness) in the legs, the feet are kept wider apart than usual. Steps become irregular and uneven in length. As impairment increases, the patient becomes unable to compensate. With severe loss of proprioception, the patient is unable to get up from a chair or rise after a fall without assistance.

Studies have shown that chiropractic care can help restore balance and coordination by stimulating the joint receptors (mechanoreceptors) in the cervical spine. This stimulation is thought to restore or normalize joint receptor functioning which leads to improvements in balance and coordination. (Caranasos, MD, Isreal, MD. Gait Disorders in the Elderly. Hospital Practice. 1991; June 15:67-94.Guyton, MD. Textbook of Medical Physiology. 9th edition. WB Saunders, Philadelphia 1996; 714.)

4. Decreased Joint Degeneration
A subluxated (misaligned) spine is much like a misaligned wheel on an automobile. This misalignment will cause the spine (and the wheel) to wear out prematurely. Since all moving parts will eventually wear down over time, it is very important to get your spine aligned periodically. Chiropractic care decreases spinal degeneration and other arthritic changes by normalizing the spinal alignment and reducing spinal stress.

5. Increased Health and Well-Being
We commonly ask our patients what changes they notice once they are out of pain. Here are some regular responses we hear every day:

I feel great!   I can sleep through the night!

Now I can play in the garden!

I have so much energy!

Life is worth living now!

Yes, chiropractic is far more than mere pain relief. Feeling good, staying healthy and doing the things that make us happy are what keeps us looking forward to each new day. Regular chiropractic care increase the quality of life and increase health and well being.

6. Decreased Incidence of Falling
Injuries due to falling are extremely common in the elderly population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are responsible for 90% of the 850,000 bone fractures which occur annually among Americans past the age of 65. Chiropractors reduce the risk of falls by normalizing the mechanoreceptors of the cervical spine by administering chiropractic adjustments. They also prescribe stretching and exercise programs to increase strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and coordination.

7. Keeps Seniors Out of Nursing Homes
Dr. Ian Coulter from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College was involved with many research projects studying the benefits of chiropractic care and exercise. In 1996, he published an interesting study in the Journal, “Topics of Clinical Chiropractic” called “Chiropractic care for the Elderly.”

The key points he noted in this study were:
• 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 a staggering 48% of those who did not use chiropractic care did live in a nursing home

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

There is no need for seniors to suffer needlessly. Chiropractic provides amazing benefits and has an outstanding record of safety and effectiveness. Visit us at for more information. Dr. Vic Naumov, DC  is proud to be an “In-Network” Medicare Chiropractor.

Tips for Relieving Back Pain

A chiropractor is massaging a woman

Although back pain sounds like something that only your grandmother or grandfather would complain about, it is something that anyone could suffer from. Back pains don’t only occur during old age due to degenerative musculoskeletal disorders, but it could also be a result of improper posture, accidents, or traumas. Be it chronic or acute; it is important to know how to deal with it. Below are some helpful tips from Hills Chiropractor Pros that could provide you relief just in case of an episode of back pain:

NSAIDs or pain relievers – also known as acetaminophen, painkillers are an effective temporary relief for a bad episode of back pain. Although it does not cure the cause of the ache itself, it is a good way to relieve the pain while your back is healing. Of course, although these medications are over the counter, it is important that you have your back pain checked by a physician first, so you will know that the kind of back pain that you have is just a single episode that will eventually go away and nothing more.

Hot and cold compress – by alternately applying a heat pack and an ice pack every 10 minutes on the area of where your back pain is mostly felt, this relieves the inflammation and at the same time numbing the area. That is of course if the cause of the pain is inflammation due to trauma or injury directed at your back.

Lie down and rest – sometimes back pains could be due to improper posture, sitting the wrong way, or twisting your back the wrong way. This can be eventually relieved by lying down with your raised against a wall or a high chair for at least 30 minutes, two times a day. Your torso and should be at a 90-degree angle with your straightened legs to stretch and relax the muscles of your back. This will relieve the pain in a matter of days as long as you do it constantly.

Drink plenty of water – because our joints and ligaments are mainly cushioned by a liquid that prevents the bones from grinding into each other, it is important to keep yourself hydrated. The disks in your spine should be well hydrated, so you will not experience unnecessary back pain. And besides, properly hydrating yourself has a positive effect on your body and therefore it is a win-win for your health in general.

And last but not the least, do proper and frequent stretching – sitting behind a desk for extended periods of time or straining your back from hunching while walking will eventually lead to back trauma. By stretching out your body, it will loosen up your back and help relieve any nerve that was caught in between your spine.

Special Chiropractic Meeting in California

The CCA will be hosting an important meeting coming up January 24. It will be held at the California State Capitol. “This will be an important meeting for California Chiropractors” says Dr Jason a Chiropractor in Clovis California

Healthcare is a big issue, particularly with our new President Elect. We need to meet together to see how we can best be equipped to handle this situation.

Here’s the press release from the conference.

The California Chiropractic Association (CCA) will host chiropractic students on January 24, 2017 at the California State Capitol for CCA’s inaugural “ChiroCon.” The one-day summit is focused on connecting future doctors of chiropractic to the legislative process.

“With healthcare at the forefront of everyone’s minds, it’s important that we create an opportunity for the future of chiropractic to be introduced to our lawmakers and the governing process,” says CCA Board President, Dr. Leslie Hewitt.

Students from the three California chiropractic colleges – Life West, Palmer West and Southern California University of Health Sciences – will convene at the Capitol to meet with lawmakers and also to provide their perspective on the importance of chiropractic in health care. With more than 14,000 licensed California chiropractors and approximately 1,500 students currently studying chiropractic in California; the profession is evolving to meet the demands of people seeking effective, drug-free pain management, a key benefit especially when the opioid epidemic continues to climb.

The media is invited to attend and meet with students at any point during the day. The schedule is as follows:

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Location: Citizen Hotel, 7th Floor, Metropolitan Terrace, Sacramento, CA

Morning Session: 10:00am -1:00pm
Afternoon With Legislators: 1:30pm – 3:00pm at the California State Capitol
About California Chiropractic Association:

Established in1928, the California Chiropractic Association (CCA) is a nonprofit organization that supports thousands of chiropractors and students across California. For more information about CCA, visit or call 916-648-2727.

5 Questions to Ask a Chiropractor After An Auto Accident

When a vehicle is stopped and a vehicle behind it cannot stop before impact, even if the impact is made at low-speed, there is potentially an effect on the body, neck and head of the driver and passengers in the forward, stopped vehicle. It is called whiplash, a condition in which the impact causes a forward thrust of the body with a delay of the neck and head before they, too, thrust forward.

This delay is as a result of the reduced mass of the neck and head compared to the body, and the fact that the neck is a flexible joint between the body and head. Therefore, while the base of the neck pitches forward with the body, the neck flexes and the head is first thrown back, then milliseconds later, is thrown forward, following the whipping action of the body and lower neck.

At the time of the accident, do not assume that if you feel no pain, there will be no pain that occurs later. Whiplash can occur with an accident in which the trailing car is traveling at less than 10 miles per hour.

The result of whiplash is often a gradually increasing sensation of pain, typically in the neck and shoulders. However, depending on the severity of the accident, the pain may migrate as far as the lower back and it may not be fully evident for a day or so after the accident.

If you are involved in a whiplash-inducing accident, even if you do not feel pain immediately after the accident, it is a good idea to make an appointment for a consultation with an auto accident chiropractor in the Louisville area. Call (502)200-1259

Here are some suggestions to prepare for that initial consultation:

– The pain is likely to be delayed before its full effect registers, but it may have peaked by the time of the consultation. In the meantime, take careful note of the progress of pain, how long it takes to develop, how long to its fullest sensation, where it is felt in general, and where it is most acute.

– Have information from the police report of the accident. Where was your car hit? What was the speed of the trailing vehicle? Where you sitting, what was your body position and how was your body situated after impact?

– Determine what specific movement, if any, increases the pain and if that increased pain endures. How long does it take to dissipate?

– Will your chiropractor use MyoVision to gage muscle tension in your neck, spine and lower back? This will present a graphic indicator of muscle or connective tissue damage even if it does not exhibit pain.

– Will follow-up treatments be required? This will typically be the case, but it is best to know up front for insurance claims purposes what the duration and expectation of treatments will be.

No one wants to consider that an auto accident is in their future, but it is best to be prepared with the necessities of treating any injuries that may result, particularly if there are no apparent injuries immediately after an accident.

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How a Local Chiropractor Helped a Patient After a Car Accident

Car accidents are very common these days. In fact, this is one of the leading causes of death in the country today. However, not all car accidents are fatal; and if you’re lucky, you may walk away from an accident with just a few soft tissue and whiplash injuries. These injuries happen due to the sudden motions involved when a high speed vehicle suddenly comes to a halt. These injuries can be very painful and bothersome if left untreated. Fortunately, you can go to a reputable car accident chiropractor to treat your injuries. A qualified doctor of chiropractic is actually the perfect car accident doctor to treat your injuries.

Many people have stated that their injuries have recovered faster due to the assistance of a good chiropractic car accident doctor. In fact, people have reported that chiropractic can actually be more effective than traditional medicine when it comes to treating whiplash and soft tissue injuries. The problem with traditional medicine is that you will usually be prescribed pain medications for your injuries. While these drugs can often take away the pain, they don’t do anything to treat the root causes of the problem. This means that your body will take longer to recover. Although you do not feel pain, it does not necessarily mean that your injuries have healed. This type of injury is where a chiropractic car accident doctor can truly be of great help.

Many people also complain that traditional doctors do not have the patience when it comes to treating injuries where the pain does not simply go away. After a few check-ups, it is not uncommon to have an irritated doctor who is bothered by constant patient complaints regarding pain. If you go to a chiropractic car accident doctor, they can deal with the injuries causing the pain and help your body heal faster. Once your injuries start healing, the pain will also go away. Aside from that, manual manipulation can also do wonders for alleviating pain commonly associated with whiplash and soft tissue injuries. Chiropractors can also help you with making personal injury claims. In fact, many chiropractors consider this as part of their responsibilities to their patients. A chiropractor will be able to help you stay healthy physically, mentally as well as financially.

In earlier years, it was difficult to pursue a personal injury claim with the help of a chiropractic car accident doctor. If was very difficult to get the jury to side with a claimant regarding these types of cases. However, the situation has changed in recent years. This is probably due to the fact that chiropractic is now a widely-accepted health care profession and millions of people depend on chiropractors to help them with their injuries. It has taken chiropractic a while to be accepted by the mainstream community, but the fact of the matter is that this is one of the most effective forms of health care available today. People cannot deny the fact that chiropractic works and people who have tried it are getting better and healthier without the need for expensive and dangerous drugs and surgeries.

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A Church For the Homeless

New Life City is a Waikiki Church that serves the homeless.

Church in Waikiki

When you think about Hawaii you probably think of white sands, nice waves, surfers and hula dancers.

You don’t think of a large homeless population.

With it’s year round warm weather. Waikiki has turned into a place many people go when they are living on the streets.

Pastor RK Castillo began serving the homeless in 2011. They believe the homeless are the solution to helping the homeless.