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Chiropractic and Osteoporosis

Last Updated Aug 21, 2020

People are increasingly turning to natural therapies for their effectiveness and minimal side effects, if any, in the treatment of a variety of conditions. Among the range of complementary remedies used alongside conventional medicine is chiropractic.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a skeletal condition characterised by the deterioration of the bone structure due to the decrease in bone density. It's usually experienced later in life when the body loses bone mass faster than replacing it. The condition is more common in postmenopausal women due to their low oestrogen levels.

Osteoporosis is difficult to detect as it rarely shows any symptoms, so a person usually finds out they have it only after sustaining a fracture.

What are Common Treatments for Osteoporosis?

Medication, diet and exercise are the typical range of treatments for osteoporosis. The patient is introduced to a diet rich in calcium and a weight-bearing exercise program to strengthen and condition their bones.

Consuming foods rich in vitamins D and K also helps promote healthy bones. Vitamin D is responsible for aiding the bones in calcium absorption, and it can be obtained from sunlight, fatty fish like salmon and sardines, mushrooms, egg yolks, cereals and fortified milk.

Vitamin K, on the other hand, supports bone growth and is sourced from green, leafy vegetables like kale, broccoli and spinach. Beef liver, cheese, avocado and kiwi are also good sources of the vitamin.

What is Chiropractic Treatment?

Chiropractic is a hands-on therapy that realigns the body's musculoskeletal structure—consisting of the spine, skull and pelvis—to restore the nervous system's ability to function normally.

Various manipulating techniques and specialised equipment such as adjusting tables are the main tools of a chiropractor to relieve their patient's pain and improve their range of motion.

How Can Chiropractic Treat Osteoporosis?

A chiropractic adjustment can help revive the health of people with osteoporosis, especially after they sustained fractured bones due to a fall or bump. It relieves pain, restores joint mobility and tonifies the cells that are responsible for bone replacement.

That's the beauty of this holistic approach to treating osteoporosis: it improves your bone health so that you can reverse the disease. The number of treatment sessions you will need to undergo depends on the severity of your condition. ]

Also, the outcome of the treatment will depend on the provider. So make sure that the chiropractor you choose to work with has the qualifications to practise this modality and is registered with a professional body such as the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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Originally published on Aug 18, 2020

FAQs About Chiropractic & Osteoporosis

Is it safe to have chiropractic adjustments if you have osteoporosis?

It's totally safe because chiropractic adjustments stimulate the cells that are responsible for bone growth. A chiropractor tailors the treatment to the condition of your bones and may apply other remedies to complement it.

Does osteoporosis affect mobility?

Osteoporosis may affect your range of motion due to fractures. If not treated properly, it can lead to permanent disability.

Can you see a chiropractor if you have osteopenia?

Osteopenia is the antecedent of osteoporosis, so seeing a chiropractor and receiving early treatment lowers your risk of osteoporosis.

Can osteoporosis affect walking?

Yes, because the bones of a person with osteoporosis are so brittle they break easily. As the condition gets worse, walking not only becomes painful but impossible as well.

Can osteoporosis be reversed without drugs?

With proper nutrition, exercise and therapy, osteoporosis can be reversed without the intervention of drugs. The best way to prevent the disease is by maintaining a high bone mineral density in the early stages of life.

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