Geriatric Issues

The typical effects of aging (lower bone density, lower muscular strength) can impair mobility and balance, making older persons more vulnerable to falls and fractures. We've seen considerable improvements in muscular strength and tone, as well as joint range of motion, thanks to our ITM.

Stabilization measures, strengthening, chiropractic adjustments, and manual therapy all play a role in helping our senior patients regain function. However, a significant focus of our ITM is always on recovering our elderly clients' confidence in handling their day-to-day environment.

Gait and balance disorders are common in older adults and are a major cause of falls in this population. Seniors who are into a more sedentary lifestyle tend to lose strength and balance faster. Using our integrated treatment model at EEZ align, we aim to assist independent living. Hence our work involves extensive rehabilitation through strength training, muscle energy work, etc. we especially focus on recovering the natural gait pattern and balance.

Older adults show deficits in the coordination of bimanual and multi-joint movements. For example, movements become slower and less smooth when older adults move their shoulder and elbow joints simultaneously as opposed to performing single-joint actions. This happens due to brain atrophy, gradual degeneration of the joints and lack of muscle strength, etc. At EEZ align we use our Integrated treatment model to mobilize the joints involved and achieve structural correction. Alignment of the spine is a common requirement in such patients. We further perform an array of coordination and stability exercises to aid rehabilitation and maintenance of healthy living.

With aging, connective tissues in the body deteriorate. This can lead to decreased range of motion and therefore mobility limitations. For example, it was shown by Vandervoort et al. [32] that a loss of flexibility in the ankle joint affects walking mechanics. In some patients, the parasympathetic nervous system is not firing, and yet others have Parkinson’s or dementia. In these cases, too there is a loss of flexibility and overloading of knees and hip joints. Using our integrated treatment model, we work towards the mobilization of joints and muscle groups. We further perform an array of coordination and stability exercises to aid rehabilitation and maintenance of healthy living.

Degenerative disc disease is an age-related condition that happens when one or more of the discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column deteriorates or breaks down, leading to pain. Using our integrated treatment model, we focus on pain management, alignment of the spine, and strengthening the adjoining muscles to stabilize the patient. We further perform an array of coordination and stability exercises to aid rehabilitation and maintenance of healthy living.

An isolated tremor in the elderly is commonly diagnosed as an essential tremor (ET). The prevalence of tremors increases steeply with increasing age. Late-manifesting tremor seems to be associated with dementia and earlier mortality. In such conditions, a patient may experience tremors constantly, frequently, or occasionally. At EEZ align with our integrated treatment model the goal is to manage the intensity and the frequency of tremors. We use a range of methods like osteopathy and Structural integration to improve the body conditions of the patient. Strengthening further helps help to reduce the tremors.

Urinary incontinence means a person leaks urine by accident. While it may happen to anyone, urinary incontinence is more common in older people, especially women. Among elderly postmenopausal women, the pelvic muscles show a loss of volume and tone. The ligament and connective tissue support for the pelvic organs gradually fail because of aging. We use our integrated treatment model in a structured way to ensure organ manipulation through osteopathy and pelvic floor strengthening over the course of the treatment. In geriatric patients, incontinence can be greatly reduced. But often, other associated issues like prostrate conditions in men can interfere with total recovery.

Dizziness in older people is multi-factorial. Peripheral vestibular dysfunction is one of the most frequent causes. Changing sides or transitions can make geriatric patients lose balance. At EEZ align through our integrated treatment model, we work on a range of balancing and Range of motion issues in such patients. Exercises and Chiropractic adjustments that help are also included in our work, along with other rehabilitation activities.

Rectal prolapse is when the rectum, the last section of your large intestine drops down or slides out of your anus. It is a debilitating condition that often leads to bleeding, fecal incontinence, obstructed defecation, and pelvic floor dysfunction. It not only lowers the quality of life of the patient but also causes social embarrassment. At EEZ align using our integrated treatment model, we focus on strengthening the pelvic floor, and improving the functionality of the organ and lower abdomen strengthening. This helps in significant recovery in most patients. Sometimes, a patient may still need surgery if the control activities are not yielding results.

Age-related muscle loss causes decreases in muscle function. This occurs due to significant changes in muscle mass. This rapidly accelerates during aging, especially after the age of 60–70 years. Using our integrated treatment model, we focus on restoring balance, stability, and extensive rehabilitation. We further perform an array of coordination and stability exercises to aid rehabilitation toning, strengthening, and maintenance of healthy living.

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