Osteoporosis seen on an X-ray

Today is @worldosteoporosisday, run by the @iofbonehealth and supported by @BCA and @RCC, amongst others, so let’s take a look at Osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a metabolic condition where the calcium leaches out of the bones, leaving them less dense, more porous and brittle; leading to an increased risk of fracture. Bone density is only really built up in the first 25 years of life, held stable for the next 15 or so, before reducing naturally with time; more rapidly with the menopause.

Osteoporosis of the hip

Thus it is important for later-life health that teenagers and young adults have a diet higher in calcium (dairy, collards etc) and partake in regular weight-bearing exercise, preferably with a degree of impact (eg. running, boxing, dancing etc); as this will help stockpile calcium in the bones to start with. The same advice, with additional vitamin D and vibration training can help slow the leaching of the bones in those aged over 45.

NB: Whilst chiropractic and massage cannot treat osteoporosis, or the fractures it can result in; this does not mean that we cannot treat you. You will need to let us know that you suffer from osteoporosis, so that we can make allowances within the treatment plan.

Osteoporosis and Bone Health

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