The therapeutic and restorative benefit of chiropractic on functional abilities has been well established in clinical efficacy studies. Functional health changes are measured by a number of factors some of which include the number of limitations in activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental ADLs (IADLs), and changes in well-being. Slowing the rate of functional decline, disability, and dependency among community-dwelling older adults reduces the threat of institutionalization and preserves autonomy and well-being, both of which are long-standing public health policy goals in the United States. A 2014 study examined how chiropractic compared to medical treatment in episodes of care for uncomplicated back conditions among an older group of Medicare beneficiaries over a 2-year period using these functional health measures. Results of the study found that chiropractic confers significant and substantial benefits to older adult functional ability and self-rated health. Chiropractic care episodes are protective against 2-year declines in activities of daily living among older adults. Chiropractic care episodes are protective against 2-year declines in low back function among older adults.
Chiropractic Care Protects Against Declines in Functional Ability
About the Author: Dean Smith, DC, PhD
Dean Smith, DC, PhD, husband, and father of two children, is a highly respected health and wellness authority. He is a chiropractor at Essence of Wellness Chiropractic Center and a researcher and clinical professor at Miami University. Dr. Smith incorporates lifestyle intervention (exercise, nutrition, other non-drug methods) with chiropractic adjustments and other manual methods to encourage optimal wellness. He has helped countless adults and children lead a life of wellness. His research interests lie broadly in the area of human movement and coordination. He is most interested in how chiropractic, exercise and rehabilitation affect human performance. His scientific articles have been published in such journals as Human Movement Science, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Chiropractic Research Journal, Chiropractic and Osteopathy and The Open Neurology Journal. His training includes a Master’s degree in exercise science, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a PhD in brain and cognitive science with a focus on motor control and coordination. The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic has awarded him with the International Chiropractic Sport Science Diploma (ICSSD).