Osteoporosis - Gallatin Valley Chiropractic of Bozeman
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition defined as the loss of bone density, or thinning of the bones. This loss of bone density occurs over along period of time, and results in reduction in bone strength. Osteoporosis most typically affects women over 50 who are menopausal or pre-menopausal. However, men and younger women can also be affected by osteoporosis.
It is most common to have osteoporosis and are not even aware of it. Osteoporosis by itself does not cause symptoms or pain until a bone fracture occurs. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be very serious and cause a lot of pain.
There is no complete cure for osteoporosis, as it is very difficult to rebuild bone density once it has been lost. The best treatment option is therefore prevention. It is very important to build and maintain strong bones in one's earlier years with proper nutrition, and chiropractic care to ensure that the joints of the spine and extremities are moving properly.
Healthy bone building requires an adequate intake of calcium accompanied by Vitamin D. It is recommended that younger men and women get 1000 mg/day of calcium, and that postmenopausal women to get 1500 mg/day. Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium into the body and is important in preventing osteoporosis. If not enough Vitamin D is obtained, calcium can not be utilized by the body correctly, no matter how much is taken. Vitamin D can be taken in through the diet and synthesized by the skin through direct exposure to sunlight. People living in northern latitudes are recommended to take a Vitamin D supplement, especially during the winter months. People ages 19 to 50 are recommended to get 200 IU of Vitamin D daily, and those over 50 are recommended to get 400 IU daily.
Preventing osteoporosis involves healthy lifestyle habits. Eating a healthy diet has just as much a positive impact on health as quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, and consuming caffeine in moderation. Exercise is also extremely important when preventing osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercise strengthens bones. Include exercises such as lifting weights, walking, swimming, and biking throughout the week. Keeping your spine adjusted and healthy by your chiropractor will help keep your joints moving properly, which allows you to better engage in bone strengthening exercise.
Chiropractic Care with Osteoporosis
If you have been diagnosed osteoporosis, the next step is to take action to slow the progression of bone loss and to prevent fractures. You can still live a normal and active life by taking action and preventing the effects that osteoporosis can have. You can reduce the risk of fracture due to osteoporosis, and gradually assist the bones in regaining lost density by engaging in a gradual, gentle exercise program focused on balance (to reduce fall risk), and gentle increases in strength, as well as following the listed nutritional tips above.
Chiropractic treatments can improve your range of motion and increase mobility, helping to reduce accidents and injuries, as well as prevent back and neck pain. If you have osteoporosis, be sure to let your chiropractor know so that your care and treatments can be fitted to your specific needs.
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