Since 1999, October 20th has been World Osteoporosis Day, started by the National Osteoporosis Society of Great Britain and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Osteoporosis is known as the silent disease. However, the severe results of this disease are visible in millions of persons lives who endure this disease worldwide. Spinal, vertebral, fractures are the most usual type of fragility fracture, which most of the time remain undiagnosed and untreated.
Osteoporosis decreases bone density, the skeleton becomes more fragile and the chances for fractures become a higher risk. The World Health Organization states osteoporosis is a cause of disability and mortality in persons and ranks fourth after infectious diseases.
Epidemiological studies have indicated that it does not matter of what race, nationality or country a person is from, it affects all humans. Women endure this disease after age 50 and men after age 70.
Most persons with osteoporosis have complaints of noticeable activity and fatigue and chronic back pain which may result in depression.
The major issue of osteoporosis is that in 50% of all cases, the beginning stage of the disease present no symptoms. This makes it vital to have routine check-ups and consult nutrition or health practitioners about proper diet, especially if a family member has the disease due to the fact it has been noted that genetic predisposition may also be the cause.
Prevention of osteoporosis includes following a healthy lifestyle, which consists of a calcium rich diet such as dairy products, fruits and vegetables and exercise such as walking or aerobics. Practitioners also suggest do not consume protein rich foods more than three times a day such as chicken or fish also do not drink more than six beverages that contain caffeine.
Persons who have osteoporosis seek out regular alternative treatments. Mainly due to the fact medication therapies can yield numerous side effects. Natural treatments are safer and some of them even improve quality of life. Below are some of the top alternative treatments.
If you endure osteoporosis and have not had a fracture, chiropractic treatments can help in the prevention of bone loss by avoiding any upcoming problems. They will recommend exercises and supplements such as calcium citrate (the citrate form is absorbed by the body quickly) and vitamin D.
If unfortunately you do suffer a crush fracture the chiropractic office is the right place to go. Spinal x-rays and a treatment program will be given. Orthopedic support and exercises. Ice will be given to reduce inflammation. TENS Units (electric stimulation) could be recommended to control muscle spasms.
Chiropractors are fully and skillfully trained health practitioners. Chiropractic spinal adjustments are totally safe if you have osteoporosis.
On going chiropractic care can decrease the pain associated with the disease or treat an osteoporosis related injury. Treatments can also aide in increased or maintain mobility and range of motion which aides in protecting you from falls and fractures. Make sure you let the chiropractor know of your condition before starting treatments so they can design a plan a treatment specified to your condition.
Several studies have shown acupuncture treatments to be effective in treating osteoporosis. Acupuncture and acupoint sticking of Migudan has therapeutic effects. It has been indicated the treatments work just as well as name brand prescription medications.
There are specific points in acupuncture used to help increase bone density. The points are referred to the “ring of earth” points which include the points K1, B 54 and Bladder 54 and 60 on both sides of the body. This type of stimulation raises the Calcitonin which is a hormone that manufactured by the thyroid gland and halts bone resorption (removal of bone), it also strengthens or restores calcium to the osteopenic bone. It can raise the Calcitonin by 80% as long as the person does not have a thyroid condition.
Strength Training: Exercises that include free weights, weight machines, resistance bands to aide in strengthening muscles in arms and upper spine. Strength training also aides in slowing down mineral loss.
Weight Bearing: Weight bearing aerobic exercises which are on your feet that support your weight. Such as low impact aerobic exercises. These work directly on the bones in the legs, hips and lower spine to slow down mineral loss.
Tia Chi has been noted that the regular practice of the exercises can lower bone mineral density loss equal to those persons who walk for exercise. It also aids in improving body and mind overall. It helps posture, balance and muscle skeletal strength.Sources:
I of Bone Health