Can Chiropractic Care Ease Symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease is a well-known and extensively studied condition, but despite this, there is no known cure. If you’ve ever been around a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s, you’ve experienced the frustration and emotions associated with the brain disease that affects memory. When people have Alzheimer’s, every part of their lives can be affected, even simple tasks like brushing their teeth. While it is known that Alzheimer’s is caused by a lack of nutrients in the brain, there is no cure, only methods of slowing down the progress of symptoms. One lesser known option to alleviate the disease’s effects is chiropractic care. You may be surprised to learn that visiting a NE Metro Atlanta chiropractor can be a natural and effective way to aid in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s and the Elderly

The primary people affected by Alzheimer’s are those over 65 years of age. In the United States alone, more than 5 million senior citizens have symptoms of the disease. This makes it the sixth leading cause of death. Common symptoms that may appear are progressive loss of memory or thinking ability and changes in normal behavior. Recent years have seen such a sharp increase in dementia that Medicare will now even cover it as a healthcare cost. While medicine is often prescribed to abate symptoms, there is no way to completely reverse the disease, and medication can often cause other side effects. Chiropractic care can be helpful as we age, including providing benefits in terms of cognitive function and general health, making a NE Metro Atlanta chiropractor a great, natural option for those seeking relief from Alzheimer’s symptoms. Visiting Dr. Esther Widjaja at Phoenix Chiropractic may be the first step toward improving quality of life.

Chiropractic Care for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain, believed to be caused by the brain not getting proper amounts of glucose and other nutrients, leading it to starve and permanently change certain brain functions. The brain and the spinal cord combine to make up the central nervous system; any misalignments in the spine can cause deprivation of nutrients to the brain, such as the glucose shortage associated with Alzheimer’s. While this won’t reverse any effects that brain has already suffered, this will allow nutrients to travel to the brain and prevent further damage. Case studies show that chiropractic adjustments can effectively help people suffering from Alzheimer’s. One 54-year-old sought chiropractic care as soon as he noticed symptoms including a loss of motor control and difficulty doing simple tasks, like writing a check. Being under regular chiropractic care assisted in preventing further issues, both cognitive and musculoskeletal.

If you or a loved one is exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, you know how difficult it can be to cope with some of these changes. At Phoenix Chiropractic, Dr. Widjaja will perform gentle adjustments that remove any misalignments that may be affecting symptoms in order to improve overall health. Schedule your first visit today you see how these benefits can help you and loved ones.

 

 

Sources

“Chiropractic Treatments for the Elderly.” Echiropractor.org. https://www.echiropractor.org/chiropractic-treatments-for-the-elderly/

Francio, V. T., Boesch, R., & Tunning, M. (2015). Treatment of a patient with posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) with chiropractic manipulation and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS): A case report. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 59(1), 37–45.    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4319453/.