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Rand Study Cites Benefits of Chiropractic Care for the Elderly.

Senior Citizens who received chiropractic care report better overall health, fewer symptomatic chronic conditions, less days in hospitals and nursing homes and more mobility than elderly non-chiropractic patients.”  This according to a study conducted by the Rand Corporation.  You had to be over 75 years of age to be in this study.

This was a landmark study conducted in the mid-90’s by the Rand Corporation, a non-profit global think tank responsible for many studies than influence government and healthcare policy.  Over 30 Nobel Prize recipients have been involved with the Rand Corporation at some point in their careers.

This study highlighted five main points when comparing Chiropractic patients with non-Chiropractic patients.

1)      Chiropractic patients had a 15% less chance to be in a nursing home.

2)      Chiropractic patients had a 29% less chance of being admitted to the hospital over the last 23 years.

3)      Chiropractic patients were more likely to report a better health status.

4)      Chiropractic patients were more likely to exercise vigorously.

5)      Chiropractic patients were 33% more likely to be mobile in the community.


It is clear that chiropractic plays a vital role in the health and wellness of senior citizens.  We are living longer than we ever have before as a species.  In the year 1900, the average life expectancy in the United States was 47.  Now it is over 80.  This is why we are seeing more and more chronic health disease in this county, especially degenerative spinal conditions.  Our spines are being asked to do twice the tour of duty.  It is up to us to take care of our spines, so that we don’t become physically disabled in our senior years and possibly become a burden to someone else, maybe even a loved one.   


Chiropractic care works!  Chiropractic care can be a life saver for those with chronic degenerative spinal conditions, and for those interested in prevented such issues.



It is important to note that most major insurers, including Medicare, cover chiropractic services.


Yours in Health,


Ben Fonke, D.C.

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