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Chiropractic Helps Elderly With COPD

Chiropractic and the Elderly

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Chiropractic has a long history of helping people of all ages with all sorts of ailments.  Most often it is associated with musculoskeletal complaints but there is a multitude of evidence supporting it’s use in other more organic conditions.

Furthermore, it is not just for the young and able-bodied.  Many falsely assume that chiropractic adjustments will be too much for the elderly to handle.  This is simply not true!

This is especially important with the baby-boomer generation aging.  They will be in need of solutions to many health issues and will be looking for answers.

Chiropractic can be the answer.

Below is a summary of some recent research on COPD and chiropractic:

SMT for Elderly Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Paul Dougherty, DC, et al.

Objective: The objective of this case series is to report the results of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who were older than 65 years.

Methods: The study design was a prospective case series. Six patients of a long-term care center who were older than 65 years and having COPD underwent a course of 12 SMT sessions over a four-week period. Each SMT session consisted of manually applied spinal manipulation and instrument-assisted spinal manipulation delivered by a doctor of chiropractic. Lung function measurements were recorded at baseline and at two and four weeks. The occurrence and type of any adverse events (AEs) related to SMT were recorded at each SMT session.

Results: One male and five female patients took part in the study. The average age was 79.1 years (range, 68-89 years). There was a clinically significant increase in forced expiratory volume in the first second after SMT in four of the six patients at two weeks. This was sustained in only one patient at four weeks. No clinically significant changes were observed for forced vital capacity at two or four weeks. One hundred forty-four manually applied spinal manipulations and 72 instrument-assisted spinal manipulations were administered during the intervention period. No major or moderate AEs were reported. Only minor AEs were reported after 29% of the intervention sessions, with 1 AE being reported for each patient. All AEs resolved within 48 hours.

Conclusions: This case series offers preliminary evidence that SMT may have the potential to benefit lung function in patients with COPD who are older than 65 years (SOURCE:

So it becomes obvious that chiropractic is not merely for the young and it is not merely for back pain.  It can promote proper function and health no matter what the age!

If you would like more information on chiropractic – please don’t hesitate to contact us!  We’re here to help!

Your St. Paul Chiropractor,

Dr. Joel

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1 comment… add one
  • Braden Bills

    May 4, 2017, 8:44 am

    My dad has been getting stiff from age, and he says it’s making it hard for him to get around. I didn’t know that chiropractors could help seniors like him! He could definitely benefit from improved mobility. Maybe a trip to a chiropractor would make for a good father’s day present?

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