Why We All Need to Pay Attention to Our Bones
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us assume our bones are pretty solid, and they usually are, but it may be time to strengthen them for the long haul.
HarvardHealth says bone prevention to avoid bone-thinning can really start in our twenties, when we can achieve peak bone mass with enough calcium and Vitamin D, but it is never too late to make the bones stronger.
If you have ever seen the consequences of a bone-breaking fall, you know how important strong bones can be. My aunt was a busy retiree when a bad fall changed everything. She remained vigorous all of her life, but it would have been a lot easier without the ordeal of broken bones.
Wherever you and your family are, working on overall health and bone strength just makes sense.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
Start with a visit to The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to learn more about your bones, and take steps to make them stronger. The Joint’s doctors of chiropractic will help you determine where you are now, and what should come next.
Your chiropractor may use a gentle targeted spinal adjustment to relieve any aches and pains and generate an overall sense of well-being. Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may keep the benefits coming. You can also work on ways to keep bones strong and healthy to avoid fractures. You, your chiropractor and your doctor may form a team to focus on diet, exercise, medications and tests for bone strength.
Harvard Health says men younger than 65 or premenopausal women can take several steps to strengthen bones.
Check your diet - Dairy products and calcium-fortified juices help provide enough calcium and Vitamin D, while a wide variety of grains, fruits and vegetables add other minerals that are vital to bone health, such as magnesium and phosphorus.
Exercise right - Do weight-bearing exercises like dancing, yoga, step aerobics or walking and include strength exercises to help support the bones and maintain balance.
Limit alcohol and don’t smoke - Both can decrease bone mass over time.
Know where you and your family stand - Your doctor can help with scanning tests to assess bone density, and you can make sure your home is set up to prevent falls.
When you are ready to get started, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out more about affordable personal healthcare plans that require no insurance. Weekend and evening hours are available and no appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chicago, Ill.