Understanding Osteoporosis and Chiropractic Care

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The word osteoporosis means “porous bones”. It is a disease in the bone density and it becomes spongy and may gradually deform and fracture easily.

Causes of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis occurs more frequently in people with insufficient intake of dietary calcium, in women after menopause, and in individuals who are immobilized or physically inactive. Often considered a woman’s disease, it is important to remember that osteoporosis affects men also. To understand the condition, picture your bones as a tiny knit sweater, a sweater looks like a solid mass, but up close you can see an intricate system of interwoven fibers. When osteoporosis takes hold, it’s as if the sweater is being unraveled. The fibers loosen and pull apart, and holes from within the structure. This gradual weakening of the bone is what eventually leads to fractures.

Prevention of Osteoporosis

What you do or don’t do in your 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s has a big impact on how strong your bones will be on your later years. If you are between ages 19 to 50, you need 1000 mg of calcium per day; women from 51 and older need 1200 mg. Without thinking about it, you probably get 300 mg, but after that, it depends on your diet. In calcium-fortified foods or good non-dairy sources of calcium, such as tofu, canned salmon and sardines (with bones), and broccoli is rich in calcium. But your best choice is calcium citrate or calcium carbonate. If you have a history of kidney stones, go with calcium citrate; citric cid inhibits formation of stones. For convenience, choose a supplement that also contains vitamin D, which is a crucial the processing of calcium in your body, and magnesium, another component of your bones. But it is not necessary if you get these substances in your diet or in the case of Vitamin D, you go outside for 15 minutes a day. As for “natural” calcium supplements, those derived from oyster shell, bone meal, or dolomite – they offer no extra benefit, say experts.

If you’re taking more than one dose of calcium per day, space the pills at least several time apart. Your body can absorb only 500 mg of calcium at a time it also doesn’t make sense to but supplements that derive more than 500 mg per pill.

You can get more calcium from skim milk than whole milk. When the fast is removed during the processing, it is replaced with more of the nonfat elements, including calcium. The difference is small, but still because switching to non or low fat dairy products is one of the easiest way too cu fat from your diet.

The Role of Chiropractic Care in Dealing with Osteoporosis

Being a musculoskeletal disorder, osteoporosis can actually be minimized and treated by a chiropractic treatment. Using the right chiropractic approach, chiropractors can help treat an injury caused by osteoporosis or prevent it from getting worse.

As a support to spinal manipulation and adjustments, osteoporosis should also be managed with rehabilitative exercises, relaxation techniques, and nutrition and dietary counseling to ensure effectiveness. Together, these approaches can help improve the mobility and increase range of motion of a patient suffering from osteoporosis.