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Is chiropractic safe for a person with osteoporosis?

First off, what is osteoporosis? 

Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.

Osteoporosis affects predominantly smaller framed women who have already been through menopause. 

Our bones require several things to remain strong: proper nutrition, proper hormones, and proper physical strain placed upon them. 

When someone is vitamin deficient (mostly Vitamin D and Boron), our body cannot adequately form new bone tissue. Yes, our bones are living tissue that is constantly being replaced and repaired. 

We also need adequate calcium that DOES NOT HAVE TO COME FROM MILK! That is a common misconception, and you can get more than enough calcium from, believe it or not...oranges, collard greens, dates, kale, broccoli, figs, and chia seeds, among others. 

We also need adequate physical strain on our bones to keep them from wasting away. This is why we rarely see very large people with osteoporosis because they have a constant heavy load on their frame. This is why moderate exercise is also critical for aging women. It's more than just looking good in a swimsuit! 

Back to our question: is chiropractic safe for someone with osteoporosis? This answer can vary, but is very safe with some slight modifications. Depending on the degree of bone loss, a chiropractor may opt to replace traditional manual manipulation with instrument adjusting instead.  Special tools called an Activator or Arthrostim require no twisting or popping of the joints and are incredibly safe. Other techniques may utilize movable special chiropractic tables with drop sections that elminate the need for manual thrusting. 

The bottom line is, of you or someone you know has osteoporosis and is considering chiropractic care, schedule a consult and the doctor know! 

David Cox, D.C. Dr. David Cox is Little Elm's Original Chiropractor! Passionately serving the area since 2001, he has been in Little Elm since it was a "one stop light town!"

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