Can I Get Adjusted if I Have Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is one of the most common bone diseases to affect people. Around 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, which is defined as low bone density due to new bone tissue growth not being able to keep up with the loss of old bone. This condition makes bones weak, brittle, and fragile, leading to a higher likelihood of fractures and breaks.
The best approach to osteoporosis is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. The best ways to do this include eating a healthy diet high in calcium and vitamin D, as well as doing weight-bearing exercises to strengthen your muscles and encourage more new growth in the bones.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with osteoporosis, talk to your chiropractor about your options. Dr. Grant Lisetor is a Charlotte chiropractor who is experienced in helping individuals overcome a variety of common ailments, including osteoporosis. In most cases, you can absolutely get adjusted with osteoporosis. Here’s why.
Chiropractic Improves Overall Body Function
It’s impossible to talk about nervous system function without also mentioning the spine. The entire nervous system is controlled by the brain, with signals being sent through the spinal cord and into other nerves throughout the body. If something is amiss with the spine even the slightest bit, it can drastically impact other systems in the body because it interrupts the messages being transferred.
When it comes to osteoporosis, the problem lies with your bones not regrowing new tissue fast enough. The central nervous system controls this process, so getting adjusted and realigning the spine will not only improve nervous system function, but also bone health.
Chiropractic Care Reduces Pain & Strengthens Muscles
While osteoporosis is not typically painful, it can lead to broken bones and discomfort. Chiropractic improves blood flow and restores muscles and tissue growth, reducing pain points and discomfort. The increased circulation makes the muscles healthier and stronger, which offer better protection for your bones.
Chiropractic Care Decreases the Risk of Falls and Improves Balance
Since most people with osteoporosis are older, a concern of falling is often present. Because chiropractic increases mobility so effectively, it also reduces the risk of falling. It can improve balance, help with gait, and improves stability in posture. All of these things, along with increasing bone density and strengthening muscles, make chiropractic incredibly beneficial to those with osteoporosis.
It’s important to note that in severe cases of osteoporosis, the benefits of a chiropractic adjustment may not be worth the risk involved. Because fractures can happen so readily in those with this condition, they must be exceptionally careful in how they treat their bones. If you have osteoporosis of any type, be sure to let your chiropractor know before you begin care.
That being said, if you have any ailments, concerns, or health goals that you would like support with, contact Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic. Dr. Grant passionately serves the Charlotte community with neurologically-based chiropractic care and a holistic, drug-free approach to health, healing, and wellness.
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