As chiropractors, we regularly get asked whether patients are too old to have chiropractic care. The short answer is no – chiropractic is a gentle and effective treatment for all ages and there is no upper age limit.

As We Get Older

No matter how well we look after ourselves, our bodies are subject to wear and tear as we age. Stiff joints and reduced muscle mass can lead to limited movement and balance problems. This, along with aches, pain and weakening muscles, can all negatively impact our quality of life. However, getting older doesn’t inevitably mean we should just live with discomfort, pain and reduced mobility.

Chiropractors use a variety of gentle techniques including joint mobilisation, spinal manipulation, and soft tissue massage to increase flexibility and range of motion, relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Treatment is drug free and provides relief from stiffness and pain, allowing you to remain active and mobile, and get back to doing the things you enjoy.

Chiropractic treatment for older persons

Age and Condition Appropriate Care

Aging can often be associated with conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, digestive problems and more. If you have an age-related medical condition, chiropractic care can still be appropriate for you. The care plan for every patient is completely personalised and the treatment techniques we use will depend on you and any underlying conditions that you may have. In certain cases, further investigation may be required and your chiropractor will make an appropriate referral.

Older man having chiropractic treatment
Osteoarthritis spine comparison


A question we get asked very frequently is whether we can treat osteoarthritis. Whilst we cannot stop or reverse the condition, by employing gentle massage and mobilising joints, chiropractic can help maintain function and reduce the pain you are experiencing. Your chiropractor will also be able to provide you with advice and an appropriate exercise plan to help you manage your osteoarthritis.

Older woman receiving treatment for bad back

If you’re suffering with aches, pains, stiffness and lack of mobility, why not get in touch to see if we can help?