Your bones are your body’s infrastructure, and these 206 bones are obviously very important to your health and wellbeing. In fact, your bones are made of living tissue and you can help to improve and maintain their health. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that’s caused by a decrease in the density of your bones. Many people with osteoporosis are concerned about whether they’re appropriate candidates for chiropractic care, but a skilled chiropractor can help you to better support the health and strength of your bones.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes your bones to lose density. If you suffer from osteoporosis, some of your bones have lost their natural strength. As your bones lose density, they also lose strength and are more easily fractured. If you suffer from advanced osteoporosis, even a small misstep can lead to a broken bone.
Effects of Osteoporosis
The most common bone disease that humans endure is osteoporosis, and it most often affects a person’s hips, wrists, spine, pelvis, and femur bones. While osteoporosis affects both men and women, postmenopausal women – because of their decreased estrogen levels – are especially vulnerable to its effects. Genetics and hormone levels play a role in the onset of osteoporosis, but certain lifestyle choices can also play a role:
- Not participating in adequate physical exercise (especially weight bearing exercise);
- Not eating a healthy diet that includes animal proteins and adequate Vitamin D;
- Smoking; and
- Not limiting your alcohol consumption.
Bone Health and Chiropractic Care
Just like other living tissue, your bones are constantly in the process of breaking down and replacing themselves. When your bones break down faster than they replace themselves, you experience decreased bone density and strength. When you receive a chiropractic adjustment, that adjustment stimulates the cells (osteoblasts) in your bones that regenerate bone growth. Chiropractic care, in other words, not only helps to improve your joint movement but also boosts your bone health and strength. If you have active osteoporosis, your chiropractor will avoid or modify certain adjustments that are contraindicated; but both you and your bones can benefit from chiropractic care.
If You Have Osteoporosis, a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Can Help
If you suffer from reduced bone density from osteoporosis, do not hesitate to discuss your condition with one of our experienced chiropractors at Tampa Bay Spine & Injury. Chiropractic care can help. Our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine, and we will work with you to effectively address your osteoporosis. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call for an appointment today.