Topics in Clinical Chiropractic Series
Chiropractic Care of Special Populations
Robert Mootz, editor
414 Seniors Studied
Demonstrated: health benefits
With Strenuous exercise, independence, health was reported as good or above, less arthritic disability, less depression, less nursing home use, 74% less hospitalizations, less prescribed and OTC medications

Rupert Study
Journal of Manipulative and Therapeutic Technologies
311 Seniors
Demonstrated better health:
50% less MD visits, less OTC and prescription medication, $7,000 less usage of medical services per year, far less medical intervention.

Mechanobiology and Diseases of Mechanotransduction Annals of Medicine 2003
Role mechanics play in our understanding of the molecular basis of disease.
Cytoskeleton and Extra Cellular Matrix
Mechanical forces are key regulators for cellular biology and gene expression
Altered cellular mechanics resulted in the development of dysfunction and disease seen with altered alignment in gravity or altered movement adversely effecting matrix, cell function, cellular organelles, and genetic expression!

“Chiropractic recognizes malfunction as the basic cause of disease and abnormal activity (malfunction) has it’s causes.” DD Palmer The Chiropractors Adjuster 1910.


As we age, some of us experience limited mobility and activity. This restricted movement can have negative effects on our health, making it more difficult to keep in shape and stay active. Countless studies have shown that activity can help us not only maintain our physical well-being, but it can also prevent against Alzheimer’s and depression. In short, staying active is good for the body and the mind!

Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Iowa have found that chiropractic care can help older people stay active and healthy.

In this report, the authors looked at the data provided by the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), a huge database that documents the health records of Medicare patients. The researchers looked specifically at patient reports of function, activity levels, and self-reported health outcomes in patients who visited a chiropractor and compared them to people who did not visit a chiropractor.

The researchers found that the individuals who engaged in some form of chiropractic care had fewer functional limitations, less difficulty engaging in activities such as lifting and walking, and a lower number of doctor’s visits and hospitalizations. They concluded that chiropractic had a “protective effect,” safeguarding them against physical deterioration.

The authors concluded:

“This study provides evidence of a protective effect of chiropractic against 1-year declines in functional and [self-related health] among Medicare beneficiaries with spine conditions, and indications that chiropractic users have higher satisfaction with follow-up care and information provided about what is wrong with them.”
Chiropractic care has been shown to be beneficial for many different kinds of spinal pain and dysfunction, and this study shows that regular chiropractic care can also help keep you moving and active as you get older.


As we age, it’s important to stay active and mobile. Research shows that people who stay active are less likely to develop long-term health problems than those who lead more sedentary lives.

Now new research finds that chiropractic is also safer for older people than medical care for musculoskeletal aches and pains.

In this study published in the reputable medical journal Spine, researchers from Dartmouth University looked at the Medicare records of over 6 million people over 66 who sought care for musculoskeletal problems, like back or neck pain. They found that patients who received chiropractic care had a 76% lower rate of injury within seven days of treatment, compared to those who saw a medical doctor for care:

“In conclusion, among Medicare beneficiaries ages 66-99 with an office visit risk for a neuromusculoskeletal problem, risk of injury to the head, neck or trunk within seven days was 76% lower among subjects with a chiropractic office visit as compared to those who saw a primary care physician. Among subjects who saw a chiropractor, the likelihood of injury was increased in those with chronic coagulation defect, inflammatory spondylopathy, osteoporosis, aortic aneurysm and dissection, or long term use of anticoagulant therapy.”

The increased risk to patients with cardiovascular issues is certainly something to take seriously, and we work closely with medical providers to make sure that chiropractic is a safe option for our patients with these health problems.

This study shows that chiropractic is safe for people with back or neck problems, no matter your age.


Often, neck pain results from auto injuries, but sometimes the origins of the neck symptoms might not be related to trauma. No matter what the cause, we find that our chiropractic approach really works for our patients and they agree!

A recent study from Spine Journal confirms what we’ve seen in our office: chiropractic works for treating neck pain.

In this study, researchers looked at 241 patients who were over 65 years old and who suffered from chronic neck pain. The patients were divided into three groups: one group received chiropractic adjustments with home exercises, another group received supervised exercises with additional home exercises, and the third group just did home exercises.

After 12 weeks of treatment, over 60% of chiropractic patients had at least a 75% improvement in pain, compared to approximately 25% of patients in the supervised exercise group, and nearly 20% of the home exercise-only group.

This study is very important, because staying active as we get older is so important for our physical and mental health, and chiropractic provides a way to keep your spine healthy and flexible. Another recent study found that chiropractic care is great at helping us keep moving as we get older.

If you suffer from neck pain and want to get back to your pain-free life, we can help.