Osteoporosis and Chiropractic
Chiropractors are practitioners who care for the human frame and specialize in the neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractors treat individuals of all ages and therefore take special interest in conditions which commonly affect the demographics of those they treat. Chiropractic care is often thought of in the community as a treatment for back pain, but it is also so much more. Chiropractors have a unique ability to affect the nervous system and therefore can have positive effects on many conditions other than back pain. Osteoporosis is one of them.
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone which causes weak and fragile skeletal structures which are easy to fracture. For an individual with osteoporosis, the chiropractor will often use gentle techniques and reduced force with their adjustments in order to accommodate for the decreased bone density. This helps to insure the treatments are safe and comfortable.
The number one concern in those with osteoporosis is falling. Falls often result in fracture, and therefore it s crucial to do everything you can to prevent and reduce the risk of falling. Studies have shown that older individuals who have been adjusted have improved proprioception, which is the brains awareness of the position of a joint. This improved proprioception suggests that individuals who have had regular chiropractic care have more coordinated movements, and therefore are less likely to fall.
Regular chiropractic care, in addition to daily exercise improves both strength and coordination, a combination which further reduces the risk of fracture from a fall.
Please see the following link for more information on exercise programs designed for individuals with osteoporosis.