Baby boomers going green with chiropractic

America is going green. Millions of Americans are eating organic foods, recycling, and purchasing natural products. Some say that these natural shoppers are the buyers that are “greening” American healthcare with an interest in wellness and prevention.

One generation is showing a strong interest in both wellness and prevention: the Baby Boomers.

In October 2008, the first Baby Boomer filed for social security. Everyday for the next 20 years, 10,000 Americans will become social security eligible. Everyone is watching this generation to see how they will influence America with their buying buyer. Many believe that natural markets, including alternative healthcare, will continue to grow with boomer interest.

What could be the link between the market for natural foods, natural fuels, and natural health? The answer is simple: a philosophy of prevention. TakeĀ  chiropractic care for example.

Chiropractic popular with older Americans

According to Ohio State University, 70% of retirees use alternative therapies, and chiropractic is often the first choice. The National Institute on Aging says half of older adults will go to the chiropractor. As the Baby Boomers age, many believe this trend will grow. Experts say that chiropractic is the second largest health care option after medicine, because of its natural approach to chronic health problems.

For many people, chiropractic is at the front lines of their natural healthcare.

Chiropractic recognizes the body is self-healing

While spinal adjustments by chiropractors may seem out of the ordinary to some, the ideas behind chiropractic are not. Chiropractors recognize that the human body is self-healing. Chiropractic credits all healing to the natural ability of the body, even if a doctor does help-out. As a hands-on form of healthcare, chiropractic is 100% drug-free and surgery free.

Chiropractors recognize that all body systems like the heart, lungs, and digestive system are important, but that they take their orders from the nervous system. This nerve system includes the brain, the spinal cord, and millions of nerve fibers that go to the bones, muscles, joints, and internal organs. The nerve system is housed and protected in the spine.

Chiropractic prevention is important for Boomers

Chiropractors recognize that a healthy, mobile spine is important for overall health. Therefore many patients will continue chiropractic care once their health complaints improve. They do so for the same reason that they choose to eat natural foods, recycle, and drive fuel efficient vehicles. Addressing problems through prevention is often more effective than waiting for things to break down.

Will natural, preventative healthcare continue to grow like other natural choices? The signs are positive. Once retirement age approaches, the ability to work is highly dependent on health and mobility. We can expect the Baby Boomers to seek health and mobility as long as possible. That means natural options, especially chiropractic, are going to be important for quite some time.

This article copyright 2009, The Amazing Human Machine, LLC.

Written by Dr. Ward

Father. Foodie. And dedicated upper cervical chiropractor. Find me practicing gentle upper cervical care in Oakland County, Michigan. Have a question or comment? I'm at your service. Reach me at my Auburn Hills chiropractic practice: (248) 598-4002. Or on Google +, Facebook, or Twitter.

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