Osteoporosis Can Hit Anyone, Young or Old

 

I have always associated osteoporosis with age, and thought of older relatives who no longer stand up straight. But there is a lot more to the story.

The American Chiropractic Association tell us 20 million American women have osteoporosis and 80 percent of them do not know they have itACA says osteoporosis is a chronic, progressive condition that steals bone from the body leaving us open to fractures of the hip, spine and wrist.

They say one in two women, and one in eight men will have an osteoporosis related fracture in their lifetime. Osteoporosis is painless until a bone fracture occurs, making it important to have testing done to spot brittle bones, and crucial to take steps to keep bones healthy.

Tips to Keep Bones Strong

Keep up regular exercise 20 minutes, three times a day, walking, jogging, playing tennis, swimming or doing aerobics. Consider weight lifting exercises after checking with your doctor to make sure your bones are up to it.Try strength training exercises like Tai Chi, which can be ideal for anyone who is recovering from a fracture. Learn how to lift objects including your children the correct way. Bend from the knees, not the waist and keep the object close to the body. Include calcium in your daily diet. Eat fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. Try broccoli, kale, collard greens, cabbage and turnip greens. Sample tofu, salmon, and sardines. Include low-fat milk and yogurt as excellent calcium sources. Drink eight ounces of water a day and avoid excess caffeine, sodas, and alcohol.

Visiting Your Chiropractor

Taking steps to avoid fractures and finding out more about osteoporosis might easily lead you to a chiropractor who is well equipped to help.  The initial visit will include a spinal adjustment to evaluate spinal health, a review of medical history and a discussion about current pain and regular activities. 

The chiropractor’s goal will be to assess your overall situation and to seek to help without using medications or surgery. In the process the chiropractor can help you regain normal routines and avoid injury.  The overall process may involve regular tips and suggestions for increasing exercise, losing weight and trying stress reducing classes such as yoga or Tai Chi.

Find out more about where you stand in relation to the health of your bones, and how you can improve your situation and avoid injury. Make an appointment now.

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