In Canada, the average life expectancy is increasing and is reported as 80 for males and 84 for females1; however, are Canadians living full, active and healthy lives as they age? In reality, active living is crucial for healthy aging, maintenance of quality of life and independence. Preserving fitness and mobility can help prevent and manage chronic conditions that too frequently impact seniors. In fact, even a moderate level of physical activity can improve balance, endurance and bone strength.
As we age we are generally more susceptible to develop injuries, aches and pain. Canada’s chiropractors are committed to helping Canadians live healthy lives by reducing the risk of falls, injury and disability. Chiropractors can help in testing your strength, mobility, function and balance, as well advise on exercise, nutrition and preventative strategies. Aging population are more likely to suffer from:
- Osteoarthritis – deteriorating cartilage in the joints
- Spinal stenosis – narrowing of the canal in the vertebrae impinging on the nerve roots causing pain/numbness
- Degenerative meniscal tear • Repetitive strain injuries
- Osteoporosis – a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue
HOW CAN OUR EXPERTS HELP?
- Pain management
- Increase range of motion and function
- Decrease progression of degeneration in the joints
- Correct posture
- Increase balance
- Reduce risk of falls
Headaches are very common among Canadians and can be very complex to diagnose. For some, they can seemingly strike at any time.
There are many types of headaches including tension-type, cervicogenic, migraines, and cluster headaches. One of the most common types is tension-type headaches. In fact, nearly 90 percent of women and about 70 percent of men report suffering from at least one tension-type headache during their lifetime, while 37 percent of women and 21 percent of men experience them regularly.
Most believe that headaches will simply resolve on their own. The good news is there are ways to both prevent and treat frequent headaches.
What causes a headache? Headaches can have a number of causes. However, your symptoms can help your chiropractor determine its cause and what treatment you may benefit from. Fortunately, most headaches are not caused by serious illnesses, but in some cases they may require immediate medical attention. Your chiropractor can certainly help to rule-in and rule-out certain causes of your pain.
Commonly, primary headaches are due to over activity of or problems with pain-sensitive structures. Various structures in the brain or surrounding your skull and neck, like nerves, joints and muscles, can play a role in your headache. For some, headaches can be triggered by certain foods and even lifestyle factors like:
- Alcohol, particularly red wine
- Certain foods, such as processed meats
- Lack of sleep
- Poor posture
- Missed meals
- Excessive stress
- World Health Organization. (2014). World Health Statistics. (1)
- World Health Organization. (2008). Global Report on Falls Prevention in Older Age. Geneva: World Health Organization.
- Scott, V., Peck, S. & Kendall, P. (2004). Prevention of Falls and Injuries Among the Elderly: A Special Report from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer. Victoria BC: Provincial Health Office, BC Ministry of Health Services