Women’s Health

Osteoporosis

ImageOsteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. There are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Symptoms occurring late in the disease include:

  • Bone pain or tenderness
  • Fractures with little or no trauma
  • Loss of height (as much as 6 inches) over time
  • Low back pain due to fractures of the spinal bones
  • Neck pain due to fractures of the spinal bones
  • Stooped posture or kyphosis, also called a “dowager’s hump”

Prevention

EXERCISE

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Regular exercise can reduce the likelihood of bone fractures in people with osteoporosis. Some of the recommended exercises include:

  • Weight-bearing exercises — walking, jogging, playing tennis, dancing
  • Resistance exercises — free weights, weight machines, stretch bands
  • Balance exercises — tai chi, yoga
  • Riding a stationary bicycle
  • Using rowing machines

Avoid any exercise that presents a risk of falling, or high-impact exercises that may cause fractures.

DIET

Get at least 1,200 milligrams per day of calcium, and 800 – 1,000 international units of vitamin D3. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium.

dietFollow a diet that provides the proper amount of calcium, vitamin D, and protein. While this will not completely stop bone loss, it will guarantee that a supply of the materials the body uses to form and maintain bones is available.

High-calcium foods include:

  • Cheese
  • Ice cream
  • Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and collard greens
  • Low-fat milk
  • Salmon
  • Sardines (with the bones)
  • Tofu
  • Yogurt

STOP UNHEALTHY HABITS
Quit smoking, if you smoke. Also limit alcohol intake and carbonated drinks. Too much alcohol or carbonated drinks can damage your bones, as well as put you at risk for falling and breaking a bone.

Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease.

Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both.

Calcium and phosphate are two minerals that are essential for normal bone formation. Throughout youth, your body uses these minerals to produce bones. If you do not get enough calcium, or if your body does not absorb enough calcium from the diet, bone production and bone tissues may suffer.

As you age, calcium and phosphate may be reabsorbed back into the body from the bones, which makes the bone tissue weaker. This can result in brittle, fragile bones that are more prone to fractures, even without injury.

Usually, the loss occurs gradually over years. Many times, a person will have a fracture before becoming aware that the disease is present. By the time a fracture occurs, the disease is in its advanced stages and damage is severe.

The leading causes of osteoporosis are a drop in estrogen in women at the time of menopause and a drop in testosterone in men. Women over age 50 and men over age 70 have a higher risk for osteoporosis.

Other causes include:

  • Being confined to a bed
  • Chronic rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, eating disorders
  • Taking corticosteroid medications (prednisone, methylprednisolone) every day for more than 3 months, or taking some anti-seizure drugs
  • Hyperparathyroidism

White women, especially those with a family history of osteoporosis, have a greater-than-average risk of developing osteoporosis. Other risk factors include:

  • sodaAbsence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea) for long periods of time
  • Drinking a large amount of alcohol
  • Drinking a large amount of carbonated drinks (pop)
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • History of hormone treatment for prostate cancer or breast cancer
  • Low body weight
  • Smoking
  • Too little calcium in the diet

If you feel that you are at risk or are interested in learning more on how to prevent osteoporosis happening to you give Dr. Collard a call 801-569-1141. Dr Collard is also available for free lectures on how to prevent osteoporosis.

Menstrual Problems/Irregularities

Many patients have found protection from unnecessary surgery, useless medication and needless suffering when they started to read drug product inserts; books on their condition; got second and third opinions; and, whenever possible, explored alternatives to hysterectomy and drug therapy. Remember, a healthy spinal column is essential for the health of the female reproductive system and it is vital for women with gynecological problems to have routine spinal checkups by a doctor of chiropractic. A chiropractic spinal examination could make all the difference between sickness and health.

Your Spine, Nerves & Hormones
The female sexual organs-the ovaries, oviducts (tubes), uterus, cervix, vagina, glands and related structures-all need a healthy nerve supply from the spine to function properly. Doctors of chiropractic help see that the sexual organ/spinal column relationship is a healthy one.

The Chiropractic Approach
Though not a treatment for gynecological troubles, the chiropractic approach has been a blessing to countless women with such problems. Chiropractors correct the vertebral subluxation complex (a dangerous condition in your spine that interferes with the nervous system and causes a state of “dis-ease” or reduced health and wholeness) that can lead to disease.

Spinal Care
It is no coincidence that many who suffer from menstrual cramps also suffer from neck or back pain. In one study of 122 dysmenorrhea sufferers, most had lower back problems and spinal displacements. Perhaps that is why many women who initially visited a chiropractor for neck or back problems experienced beneficial effects on menstrual cramps, pain and other gynecological problems. There are, however, many women who suffer from menstrual problems and other health conditions who will not go to the chiropractor because: “If I don’t have a backache, why go to the chiropractor?” Because of this misconception that chiropractors are “backache doctors” many never receive the true benefits of chiropractic care.

Many organs other than the sexual ones are responsible for reproductive health. For example, chemicals produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands that are essential for reproduction are broken down by the liver. If the liver isn’t working properly, these chemicals can build up to unhealthy levels and cause fibroid tumors in the uterus (leiomyomas), which, although benign, account for at least one-third of all gynecological admissions to hospitals.

The Spine/Pelvis Relationship
For over a hundred years, many women who have suffered from a wide variety of pelvic and gynecological conditions-from pain to PMS-have discovered the natural benefits of chiropractic care. Patients have also observed that menopausal symptoms including depression, hot flashes, back or joint pain, irritability, headaches or fatigue have been reduced from chiropractic spinal care. Dr. J. E. Browning is a doctor of chiropractic who has written extensively on the chiropractic management of patients with pelvic problems. His clinical observations have led him to state that, “Various disturbances in pelvic organ function have been successfully managed by chiropractic … symptoms [include] bladder, bowel, gynecologic, and sexual dysfunction …”

If you have any questions please give us a call 302.408.0000. Dr. Broskoskie will be happy to discuss with you how chiropractic, and therapeutic massage may help you.

Can Chiropractic Care Help During Pregnancy?

Chiropractic care and spinal adjustments help to ensure a healthier pregnancy, and alleviate some of the discomfort, as well as prevent future problems that may arise as a result of pregnancy.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can be helpful in the following ways:

• Help to maintain daily activities during and after pregnancy
• Promotion of spinal stability
• Increased endurance
• Pain relief
• Improved physical fitness
• Promotes self care
• Aides a speedier recovery following childbirth

pregnancyChiropractors can evaluate and treat pain in the body, especially in the spine, joints, and muscles.  One of the most common complaints in pregnancy is muscle soreness and spinal discomfort.  Chiropractors perform safe treatments that will help maintain motion in the spine as well as soft tissue work and massage to relax muscles that have been strained due to the changes in the woman’s body.  Your chiropractor may also advise you on proper ergonomic positions for lifting, getting up from seated, and getting in and out of the car, to keep yourself from unnecessary strains on your body and decrease some of the common pregnancy discomforts.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?
Because chiropractors use a drug-free approach, chiropractic care is absolutely safe during pregnancy for both you and your unborn baby.  Chiropractors use special tables and treatments that are safe for the baby and equally as effective for you.  Because your body is going through a great deal of changes in a short time, it is recommended that you get regular chiropractic care, as this will keep your body limber and moving easily, thus aiding in a healthy delivery and faster recovery.

What Causes Back Pain In Pregnancy?
Back pain is a very common complaint during pregnancy.  This can be caused by a number of things.  It is most often the result of your center of gravity shifting with your growing abdomen, causing strain and stress on the muscles and ligaments surrounding your spine.  As you get further along in your pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin is produced to help your body loosen the ligaments in preparation for the birthing process.  Unfortunately, this can also be a cause of back pain, as well as pain in other areas of the body, as they are more easily strained and your body misaligned.  This hormone can remain in your system for some time after pregnancy also, causing instability in the joints.  Your chiropractor can give you some mild exercises to help re-strengthen the muscles of your back and abdomen, aiding in support of your spine.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help After Pregnancy?
One of the more common complaints following childbirth is lower back pain.  Due to the stress of carrying the baby, the relatively rapid weight gain, and hormonal changes within your body, the spine and the muscles surrounding it are strained and stretched.  Chiropractic treatments can help to restore your body structure to its pre-pregnancy state.

Can Chiropractic Care Be Helpful For My Partner And Baby?
Although mainly the mother experiences the majority of the changes during pregnancy, parenting a new baby can be physically and mentally demanding on the whole family, including the infant.  Parents often complain of beck and neck aches from holding and feeding their new baby.  The baby also goes through a demanding birth process, and a chiropractor can help your baby recover and adjust to their new environment.

About the author:
Dr. Brian Broskoskie is a chiropractor at Results Chiropractic Center in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He is a graduate of Sherman College. Follow him on Twitter and be sure to LIKE his Facebook Fan page for daily health, exercise, nutrition, wellness, chiropractic tips and much much more!

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