Along with aging come various aches and pains, as well as diseases. One of the disorders that all people have to watch out for would be osteoporosis.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is defined as the extensive loss of bone tissue. Because of this, bones become more fragile, and are more likely to break. The bone becomes more porous and spongy instead of being hard. Osteoporosis has become the leading cause of broken bones in women. If not prevented, or if it is left untreated, osteoporosis can suddenly cause bones to have fractures. These fractures occur in the areas of the hip, spine and wrist. Fractures can be caused by simple walking, or by falling. These breaks or fractures may cause difficulties in walking and may induce severe back pain, and can be difficult to heal after surgery because of the now poor quality of the bones.
People suffering from osteoporosis have a very pronounced stoop. The people who are more likely to have osteoporosis are white, thin, and small-framed women. Although women are more at risk than men, men could also suffer from osteoporosis.
Chiropractic Care for Osteoporosis
It is important to note that chiropractic care cannot treat a severe case of osteoporosis. However, it can minimize the pain and and other symptoms it brings, and prevents it from getting more serious. Moreover, chiropractic care is an excellent preventive measure from developing a fragile and brittle spinal structure. With a regular spinal alignment, chiropractors ensure that the movement and mobility of a person is restored and thus, can, prevent pain and other symptoms of osteoporosis. It is advised that children and young adults should engage in chiropractic adjustments to prevent the development of osteoporosis and other spinal problems as they grow older.
How do we prevent osteoporosis from occurring? First we have to increase our calcium intake. You can get calcium from dairy products such as milk, cheese, eggs, ice cream and yogurt. Also, you can get calcium from vegetables like broccoli, turnip greens and kale.
Aside from having more calcium in the system, one should get more exercise as well. Exercise helps in preventing falls. Also, according to studies, people who are more active are more likely to be healthy. Active women who exercise are less likely to have fractured bones than those who do not get sufficient exercise. One form of exercise that all people could do without any hassle would be walking.
Another preventive measure would be to stop smoking. Smoking contributes to loss of bone mass, particularly before a woman hits the menopausal period.
Osteoporosis is often dubbed as a “silent killer” because it may betray us any time in our life. Thus, before it’s too late, it is important to keep our bones and back healthy by following the tips discussed above.