Whilst we love celebrating all of our amazing female friends, family & role models. We also think it is extremely important to talk about women's health!
Low of Bone density is a normal part of aging. As children or young adults the amount of bone broken down compared to being built is equal. Whereas, when we get older and hit Menopause we begin to break down bone quicker than we make it, meaning bone mass gradually starts to decline.
As we age there are many things that influence how quickly our bone breaks down. Our oestrogen levels reduce dramatically when we hit menopause so being female is actually an uncontrollable risk factor for developing Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.
But what can we control to help reduce the risk of developing this condition?
- Weight Training – most women find weight training a little bit scary, and think they need to lift heavy weights to enter the weights part of the gym. However, simple resistance training with even small weights such as 3-4kg help to increase your bone density. During the weight training process your bones are forced to create more layers of bone.
- Taking a Vitamin D Supplement – In the UK most people don’t get enough sun exposure to have optimal levels of vitamin D in their bodies. Vitamin D is vital for the body to absorb Calcium which we all know is one of the main nutrients needed to form strong bones. So we recommend supplementing with a high strength vitamin D supplement to get around 5000 IU per day.
- Eating lots of green leafy vegetables – surprisingly we don’t get most of our calcium source from dairy. The most bio-available source of protein to make our bones comes from leafy green veg. So upping your intake especially as we age is extremely important for keeping those bones nice and strong.
If you are concerned about your bone density then it is always good to speak to your GP. They can refer you for something called a DEXA Scan which helps to monitor and track the changes in your bone density.
We also want to let you know that if you currently have Osteopenia or Osteoporosis then you can receive Chiropractic Care, Yipeeee! If someone has less dense bones we use gentle techniques such as the Activator and Blocking to help achieve the desired results with no risk to you and your bones.
if you’re struggled with neck pain, back pain or headaches and you’re unsure if you can have Chiropractic Care then book in for a FREE Discovery Session with one of our Chiropractors and learn more about how we can help.