World Osteoporosis Day is observed annually on October 20th to raise awareness of bone disease. It’s a common misconception that osteoporosis is a natural result of aging. While the disorder affects bone health in older individuals, we do have some control over its progression.

Although certain risk factors are out of our hands, including age and family history, chiropractors can help in the fight against osteoporosis.

Who’s Likely to be Affected?

The most commonly impacted group is older females. In fact, 50 percent of women over the age of 50 will experience a bone break from osteoporosis. Those with a hormone or nutrient imbalance are more likely to develop osteoporosis with age.

Symptoms of Osteoporosis

Our bodies go through a lifelong regeneration process called bone remodeling, in which old bone is replaced with new bone. Once we reach peak bone mass, typically around age 30, bone loss accelerates and osteoporosis becomes more likely. Symptoms include:

  • Fractures
  • Height loss
  • Posture changes
  • Back pain

How to Reduce Bone Loss

Osteoporosis is not completely beyond our control. Certain lifestyle factors can increase the likelihood you’ll develop the disease, including:

  • Eating acidic foods
  • Lack of nutrients
  • Inactivity
  • Smoking

Medications for inflammation and stomach acid production can also increase bone loss.

Working with a Chiropractor

Patients with osteoporosis often have pain, stiffness and decreased mobility. Whether you’re experiencing early symptoms or have been officially diagnosed with this condition, it’s our goal to ease your discomfort and increase range of motion. As these patients are at increased risk for fracture, our doctors utilize relaxation methods and gentle adjustments to protect fragile bones.

In addition to physical treatment, our chiropractors are well-versed in wellness and nutrition. Regular physical activity, namely strength training, and healthy choices are essential for osteoporosis prevention. The following foods should be included in your diet:

  • Leafy greens, like kale
  • Broccoli
  • Fatty fish, like tuna
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Bananas and plantains

Vitamin C, D and K supplements can give you an extra boost of nutrients for bone health.
 
Maintain a strong and healthy body with chiropractic care. To learn more about osteoporosis prevention and treatment, contact us!

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