Osteoporosis patients often think they can’t receive chiropractic treatments because they are afraid the treatments could cause fractures to their already fragile bones. This is not necessarily the case.
Someone with osteoporosis should let their chiropractor know immediately that they have the disease. Once their chiropractor is aware of it he or she should do x-rays, mineral scans, and bone density scans before they start any type of treatment. It is important to remember that chiropractic treatments will not cure osteoporosis but it can, with a variety of treatments, help to keep bones stronger and help prevent fractures.
Chiropractic is a lot more than adjusting the spine. It is a total holistic method of health care. If a person comes in with a fracture caused by osteoporosis they are treated differently than anyone who does not have a fracture.
Someone with a fracture could receive advise on methods of supporting the injured area, use of a tens unit to stimulate the muscles and strengthen them, physical therapy, and ice treatments. Someone without a fracture could receive advise on exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles, diet plans and suggestions for supplements to help strengthen the bones. Chiropractic care is designed to improve balance, prevent falls, and alleviate pain as well as realign the spine.
When a chiropractor needs to adjust someone with osteoporosis they will not use a lot of force. Instead they will use a method that gently moves the joints where they need to go. One of these methods is called and activator. An activator looks like a very small jack hammer. It has many settings to allow the force used to make the adjustment. This tool works so quickly that the patient does not have time to tense up before the adjustment is made. I’ve had it done to me many times and it really works. The Erchonia Adjuster works similarly too as is indicated by the video that is provided.
Remember, chiropractic treatments are not supposed to be painful. If you experience pain let your practitioner know immediately. Patients that have osteoporosis might want to contact their primary physician before being adjusted in any way, especially if they are concerned about injuring their fragile bones.
Osteoporosis and Chiropractic