Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease, the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. It develops when the body fails to form enough new gone, or when too much old bone is reabsorbed into the body, or both. Calcium and phosphate are two minerals essential for normal bone formation. Throughout youth the body uses these minerals to grow bones. If calcium intake is insufficient, or if the body does not absorb enough calcium from the diet, bone production and bone tissue may lessen.
As people age, calcium and phosphate may be reabsorbed back into the body from the bones, which makes them brittle and fragile, and vulnerable to fracture even without trauma. Researchers estimate that about 50% of women over 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
- No symptoms in early stages
- During late stages, symptoms may include low back pain, neck pain, bone pain and tenderness, loss of height, and stooped posture.
How Chiropractic Therapy Can Help
Chiropractic care works on relieving pain and minimizing complications associated with osteoporosis. It may be able to address the cause of osteoarthritis if misalignment is an issue, or because of the way the patient sits, stands, or walks. Coupled with nutritional recommendations, chiropractic may help slow bone deterioration. Dr Forster will use very gentle manipulation as well as draw on acupuncture and other therapies to tailor treatment for each patient.
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