Research shows that Chiropractic care can improve sensory, motor functions important in falls risk, and impact quality of life
A recently published trial (1) has shown that 12 weeks of chiropractic care in a group of older patients resulted in improvements in their sensory and motor functions that are important for falls risk, as well as improvement in the physical component of quality of life.
The study, the main trial in chiropractic researcher Dr. Kelly Holt’s PhD, states:
“Falls account for more than 80% of injury-related hospital admissions in people older than 65 years, and they are the leading cause of injury-related death in older adults ”
The study showed that compared with the control group:
“In general, older people are underrepresented in many chiropractic practices.” says Holt “This study should give chiropractors confidence that they can help improve function in their older patients and that may have an impact on their overall health and quality of life. We should encourage older adults to get checked!”
From this study, chiropractors can confidently say that “12 weeks of chiropractic care has resulted in improvements in some factors that are important for falls risk (sensory and motor function), as well as improvement in the physical component of quality of life in a group of older adult patients.”
Adapted from the Australian Spinal Research Foundation press release article
Ed has been practicing in Tauranga since 2009, and established Precision Chiropractic in 2012. Prior to this, Ed spent several years in a chiropractic practice in Albany, Auckland.