Osteoporosis (meaning porous bone) is a form of bone disease and can be treated with different chiropractic techniques. It occurs when you make too little or lose too much bone. When this happens, your bones can become brittle and fragile and may easily break as a result of a minor fall or simple actions like bumping into something or even sneezing. When examined under a microscope, a healthy bone has a honeycomb pattern. In a bone with osteoporosis, the spaces within the honeycomb pattern are larger than in a healthy bone because they have lost density.
This disease is unfortunately common; around 25%-30% of all women will break or fracture a bone because of osteoporosis during their lifetime. By the age of 75 an estimated 50% of women suffer from the brittle bone disease. Many women do not realize they have osteoporosis until they experience the first fracture.
Osteoporosis arises gradually over time. When you’re younger, your bones are constantly re-growing and replenishing. This process gradually slows as you age. Between the ages of 35-40 you begin to lose bone mass. This loss speeds up once you reach menopause. If you bones become brittle and too fragile to withstand normal stress, you have developed osteoporosis.
How to Reduce the Risk of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is not a necessary consequence of aging. It can be prevented. Here’s how:
- Increase your intake of calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D
- Reduce your intake of meat
- Exercise daily
- Minimize your sodium intake
At Taylor Chiropractic we are dedicated to providing chiropractic therapy, pain management, rehabilitation as well as postural exercises and nutritional counseling. Call us today to find out how we can help you with osteoporosis.