• Laura Comelleri

Chiropractic and Alzheimer’s

Updated: Sep 6


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Loss of memory and what was once your former life can be extremely devastating. It is frustrating for those affected by Alzheimer’s and it’s hard to watch for family members who see the drastic changes taking place. Nearly 5 million Americans over the age of 65 are affected by Alzheimer’s and the numbers continue to grow as the Baby Boomer generation ages. It is the sixth leading cause of death that seems to affect females more than males, as over two thirds of those with Alzheimer’s are women. Research advancements in Alzheimer’s has led to some breakthroughs but there is currently no cure for this disease. However, there are methods to slow down and manage the process to improve quality of life.


Managing Alzheimer’s Symptoms


Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the brain. It is thought that the brain may be lacking certain nutrients that it needs to function properly. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include loss of memory, inability to think clearly, and changes in behavior. Medications may or may not prevent the disease from progressing quickly but it can be hit or miss depending on the person. Because there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, more research is being done to find other methods that can slow down or minimize Alzheimer’s symptoms. In recent years, chiropractic care has been accepted as an effective method for managing Alzheimer’s symptoms. In fact, it is now accepted and covered by Medicaid. Regular visits to a Franklin chiropractor have shown to decrease symptoms of this disease as well as improve overall quality of life.


The Positive Effects of Chiropractic Care for Those with Alzheimer’s


Neurologically-based chiropractic care from Franklin chiropractor Dr. Devan Arman focuses on improving the function of the central nervous system to increase brain function. Because Alzheimer’s specifically affects the brain, this method for managing symptoms has shown much promise. Spinal misalignments, or vertebrae that are out of place, lead to dysfunction within the body. These misalignments can also contribute to the brain not receiving enough glucose and essentially starving parts of the brain that pertain to memory. Removing spinal misalignments through gentle and consistent chiropractic care will remove nerve interference that causes disruption and can help increase glucose production to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s. The body can function optimally and the brain can receive the nutrients it desperately needs with chiropractic care from Dr. Devan Arman of Unity Chiropractic.


Research Supporting Chiropractic Care for Alzheimer’s


Research is ongoing to learn more about Alzheimer’s. Chiropractic case studies show how chiropractic care is beneficial for Alzheimer’s sufferers and prove the benefits of this natural and safe method for decreasing symptoms. One such case study of a 54-year-old with dementia alongside loss of cognitive motor control sought chiropractic care for his symptoms. He found himself continually running into things and forgetting how to perform simple tasks such as writing checks. But with chiropractic care, he was able to stop the disease from progressing further and was also able to improve musculoskeletal function and control.


If you or someone you love suffers from Alzheimer’s, seek chiropractic care to manage symptoms. Contact Dr. Devan Arman of Unity Chiropractic to learn more about Chiropractic care for Alzheimer’s.



Sources


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


Francio, V.T., Boesch, R., & Tunning, M. “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/.

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