Why We All Need to Bone Up On Osteoporosis
By Sandy Schroeder
We may be quick to link weak bones to old age, but researchers tell us the problem begins much earlier. Most people start losing bone density at 30, and women can lose 20 percent of bone density within five years after menopause.
If you have ever fractured a bone, you understand why keeping bones strong is critical. Falls can lead to fractures, and fractures are often complicated at best.
You might want to stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you, to learn more about the whole issue.
The wrists, hip and spine are the most common fracture areas when the bones are weak. Hip fractures reduce mobility, often leading to more complications. I have known several people who lost years of wellness after falls with hip fractures.
When you come in for a visit to your chiropractor you may want to do an overall checkup to learn more about protecting your bone strength.
Your chiropractor will want to know if you have any pain, what your current routine looks like, and what your medical history is. Then if a spinal adjustment seems advisable, it will be done in an open bay area on a comfortable table. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes.
At that point, any pain that you may be having, in areas such as the back, neck, or other joints, may be relieved. At the same time, you may also feel more relaxed, more energetic, and more alert.
Spinal wellness can be an amazing thing. You may be inspired to eat healthier and become more active. At the same time, you might consider having a bone density test, and following these tips for stronger bones.
- Get Outdoors – Be sure to get enough Vitamin D from the sun or a supplement.
- Eat Well – There are many delicious foods that are rich in the bone-building calcium you need, such as green leafy vegetables, sardines, salmon and low fat yogurt, milk and cottage cheese. You can also buy calcium-fortified juices and other foods.
- Stay Active – Brisk walking or other doctor-approved weight-bearing exercises will help strengthen your bones.
- No Smoking – If you smoke, stop.
- Reduce Alcohol – Avoid binge drinking and hold daily drinking down to a glass or two.
When you do a bone density test, if your bones need to be strengthened, mild, doctor-approved, weight bearing exercises, and a calcium rich diet will help to reduce the risk of fractures.
As always, when bone density, or any other health questions come up, The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your area is available to help. The Joint simplifies everything. An affordable care program eliminates the need for insurance, and extended weekend and evening hours are available. No appointments are needed.