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Osteoporosis

How can chiropractic help?

Osteoporosis is associated with a forward
humping posture in the mid or upper back
caused by the weakened bones of the spine
that begin to collapse. Chiropractic itself can
not strengthen bones, but along with specific
dietary and exercise advice, we can try to help
strengthen bone, reduce pain, and prevent
further deterioration of your posture.

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The American Chiropractic Association says that an estimated 20 million American
women suffer from osteoporosis, and 80 percent of them don't even know it.

"Osteoporosis is a chronic, progressive condition that steals bone from the body,
leading to fractures of the hip, spine and wrist," said ACA national spokesperson, Dr.
Jerome McAndrews. "Older people can suffer disability and even death from
osteoporosis-related fractures."

Alarmingly, one in two women and one in eight men will suffer from an
osteoporosis-related fracture in his or her lifetime.

"Many people confuse osteoporosis with arthritis, and wait for swollen joints and
discomfort before being tested," says Dr. McAndrews. "It is never too soon to take
osteoporosis seriously, since much of our future strength is predicated on the amount
of activity we engage in as children. Even though osteoporosis is painless until a bone
fracture occurs, it is important to find out how healthy your bones are now and take
steps to prevent this disease," added Dr. McAndrews.

By heeding the following tips and advice recommended by the American Chiropractic
Association, Americans, young and old can adjust their lifestyles to avoid this brittle
bone disease:

  • Start a regular exercise program. Walking, skipping rope, jogging,
    playing racket sports, swimming and aerobics are all helpful in reducing
    the risk of osteoporosis. These types of weight-bearing activity for 20
    minutes, three times a week, are helpful.
     
  • Although weight lifting exercises are generally recommended, the
    National Osteoporosis Foundation says those suffering from
    osteoporosis should consult their health care practitioner before
    beginning a weight lifting program, because excessive strain on the
    bones could result.
     
  • Those with severe osteoporosis and who have suffered from fractures
    may find Tai Chi, a form of martial arts, to be a beneficial strength
    training exercise system.
     
  • People suffering from osteoporosis should be careful when bending and
    lifting heavy objects, including grandchildren. Bend from the knees, not
    the waist, when lifting, and try to avoid hunching while sitting or standing.
  • Be sure to include calcium in your daily diet. The National Institutes of
    Health's recommendations are 1,000 mg/day for post-menopausal
    women taking estrogen; 1,500 mg/day for post-menopausal women not
    taking estrogen, and 1,500 mg/day for men and women over 65 years
    of age.
     
  • If you are looking for a calcium supplement, try one that's highly
    absorbable, such as microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate (MCHC),
    or one of the malates, fumarates, succinates, glutarates, or citrates. But
    don't overdo it. Taking more than the recommended amount of calcium
    may cause kidney stones.
     
  • Consider taking additional nutritional supplements, such as vitamins D,
    C, magnesium, zinc, and silica after consulting with your doctor of
    chiropractic.
     
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet, including fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and
    seeds. Try broccoli, kale, collard greens, cabbage, and turnip greens.

      Experiment with tofu, salmon, sardines, and grains. Low-fat milk
      and/or yogurt are good sources of calcium. (A glass of low-fat milk
      and a cup of yogurt add 600 mg of calcium to your daily diet).

  • Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (herb teas, juices and coffee
    are not a substitute for water.) Avoid caffeine, carbonated sodas,
    alcohol, baked goods and junk food.
     
  • If you drink coffee, drink at least a similar amount of additional water
    along with the eight 8-ounce glasses of water.
     
  • Watch your animal protein intake.

Risk Factors For Osteoporosis:


1. Being female-especially thin, Caucasian or Asian

2. Post- menopausal women

3. Having family history of osteoporosis

4. Being older than 40 years of age

5. Being physically inactive

6. Taking corticosteroids, thyroid medications, anticonvulsants,
   anticoagulants, Dilantin, diuretics, antacids with aluminum, and
   drugs that alter digestion, such as Ranitidine.

7. Smoking

8. Heavy consumption of alcohol

9. Heavy consumption of carbonated beverages, coffee

10. Low intake of calcium and vitamin D

11. Chronic diseases of the kidney, lung, stomach, and intestines

12. Hormonal changes because of menopause or hysterectomy

13. Lactose intolerance, low stomach acid

 (Source: American Chiropractic Association)

THE  CHIROPRACTIC  LIFESTYLE

Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles and connective
tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All of the joints in your body are part of
this musculo-skeletal system and its optimal function is necessary for overall good
health. Ask your Doctor of Chiropractic for more information about a care program that
may include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations, nutritional advice
or other conservative methods of care based on your health history, age, current
condition and lifestyle.

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