When chiropractors work on the elderly they adjust their manipulations to the delicate situation as required. An experienced chiropractor will know what is appropriate and what is not when working on the aged. Good feedback is a always a prerequisite for chiropractic work of any kind; young or old. Cracking backs and manipulating joints are just part of the chiropractor’s healing arsenal. Often, it is the talking, the sharing between practitioner and clients that is responsible for the deepest kind of healing. This can be particularly true when working with the elderly.
It is important to remember that many older patients have more time on their hands; so do not give then the impression that you are rushing things. Take your time; take more time than usual when conversing with your elderly client. Discussing their situation can be very revealing for diagnosis and finding treatments that are conducive to their circumstances. There may be pressing things on their mind: deaths of friends and relatives; loneliness and feelings of alienation; even simpler things like worrying superannuation rate news. Sharing whatever is happening in their lives with you may be a big part of any improvement or cure in their condition.
Chiropractors for The Elderly: Gentle and Compassionate Care is Mandatory
Love is a very underrated thing in the medical field. Chiropractors, as alternative or complementary medical practitioners, can offer something outside of the usual cornucopia of pills and prescribed medications. A good heart these days is hard to find, so goes the song. Well, chiropractors need to wear their hearts on their sleeves when it comes to treating the frail and elderly. Love is in our hands and should be communicated through our words during the consultation. Gentle and compassionate care is mandatory when treating the aged.
Chiropractors are not beholden to the pharmaceutical industry in this country or anywhere else around the world. Chiro is clean, and we as its practitioners and representatives must be shining examples of its healing and loving qualities. Chiropractors need to be more than men and women wearing white coats, and by this I mean, we cannot stand behind some impersonal role or training; like many in the medical fraternity do. Ours is a touching therapy, and we must touch more than bone and skin; we must touch hearts, especially when it comes to our treatment of the elderly within our communities. Chiropractors for the elderly: gentle and compassionate care is mandatory.