If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis or are suffering from chronic pain associated with changes to the curvature of your spine, life can feel like a struggle.
The constant worry about whether normal daily activities might result in more painful muscle spasms, making it hard to carry on as normal.
You’re not alone. Let us help you take control of your Osteoporosis
Improve Posture & Stay Strong
At Life Chiropractic we follow the advice of The National Osteoporosis Society and tailor patient’s treatment programmes around two key factors; improved posture, and improved muscle strength.
Combining gentle hands on care of the joints of the spine and nervous system, with massage and home exercise advice to relieve pain, help patient’s feel steady on their feet and increase an overall sense of well-being.
- Improve mobility and independence
- Improve balance and muscle strength to reduce the risk of a fall
- Improve flexibility, breathing and posture; even if you suffer from severe curvature of the spine, it is possible for appropriate chiropractic treatment, massage and home exercises to bring relief.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis occurs when the struts which make up the mesh-like structure within bones become thin causing them to become fragile and break easily, often following a minor bump or fall. These broken bones are often referred to as ‘fragility fractures’. The terms ‘fracture’ and ‘broken bone’ mean the same thing. Although fractures can occur in different parts of the body, the wrists, hips and spine are most commonly affected. It is these broken bones or fractures which can lead to the pain associated with osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis and back pain:
Spinal compression fractures can occur, resulting in loss of height or an outward curve at the top of your spine. Often, even though the fracture has healed, back pain improves but does not go away completely. This is due to a number of factors –
• Pinched nerves – Often a spinal fracture irritates or traps the nerves leaving the spinal cord causing pain.
• Joints and ligaments – The spinal bones naturally join together, but when forced to adapt to a new shape they are put under strain. This can also aggravate arthritis in your back.
• Muscle spasms – Changes to height, curvature of the spine and posture mean its likely back muscles will continue to spasm as they struggle to adapt. Typically this happens when lifting, pushing, pulling, bending or twisting.