Want your golden years to shine brightly? Read on. A 2007 study looked at a managed care plan that used doctors of chiropractic as the primary care providers. The goal of the study was to compare the outcomes of this new managed care plan to those of the traditional HMO. After analyzing 7 years’ worth of data, the authors found that hospitalizations and surgeries decreased by 60 percent and pharmaceutical costs dropped by 85 percent.
For older people, chiropractic care is associated with a higher quality of life. In a 3-year study of health outcomes for people over age 75, chiropractic users “were less likely to have been hospitalized, less likely to have used a nursing home, more likely to report a better health status, more likely to exercise vigorously, and more likely to be mobile in the community. In addition, they were less likely to use prescription drugs.” For those under chiropractic care, the relative risk reduction for hospitalization was 50 percent, and for admission to a nursing home the relative risk dropped by 80 percent.
These findings are worth repeating! Chiropractic users are likely to experience the following:
- 60% fewer hospitalizations and surgeries
- 85% lower pharmaceutical drug expenses
- 50% less likely to be hospitalized over age 75
- 80% less likely to go to a nursing home
At any age, these are benefits worth pursuing!