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Chiropractors have long been known as “bone doctors” that help with neck and back pain.  Many don’t know that chiropractic can also help with bone issues that don’t involve pain… like osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis has been called a “silent killer” because there are no symptoms to alert someone to the condition, and because osteoporotic fractures often lead to reduced mobility and early death.

From the chiropractic perspective, osteoporosis isn’t a disease; it is an intelligent adaptation to altered biomechanics or nutrition.  Our bones are living matter that are constantly remodeling throughout our entire lives.  In addition our bones store calcium which it uses as structural support, and release calcium back into the blood for necessary bodily functions like the relaxation of muscle fibres.  We have an innate intelligence that designed our bones to take what calcium it needs to support ourselves structurally and hormones to keep our blood calcium in necessary concentrations.  The core factors determining bone density is the availability of building blocks and the body’s blueprint for calcium deposition into the bone.

The building block for bone density is calcium, which we should be getting from our diet.  In nature, calcium is present with other co-factors that are necessary for digestion, absorption, and deposition of calcium, such as Vitamin D, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium, etc.  Not all vitamins are created equal.  Calcium carbonate, the most common (least expensive) form of calcium in vitamins, is the least digestible form.  Calcium citrate is a better option.  Digestion and absorption are also dependent on overall nutrition, pH of the body, digestive system health, and age.

The way calcium is deposited into the bone is dependent on what’s called “Wolff’s Law.”  Calcium is deposited in the bone where the weight is greatest.  Therefore, if bones are aligned properly, the calcium becomes deposited evenly around the bone.  The more weight-bearing exercise done, the more calcium is deposited in the bones.  If, however, the bones are misaligned, then the calcium supports the areas under excess stress, even forming bone spurs on one side and leaching calcium from the other side.  Over time, this adaptation to abnormal stress results in both osteoarthritis (bone spurs) and osteoporosis on the rest of the bone.

Chiropractic, therefore, operates on 4 levels to reverse the process of osteoporosis.

  1. Chiropractors look at your nutrition and make suggestions, which may include consultation with a holistic nutritionist or naturopath.
  2. Chiropractic adjustments over time align the bones better to stop further deposition of calcium into spurs and osteoporosis.
  3. Chiropractic adjustments to the entire spine help the entire nervous system and musculoskeletal system such that the circulation, digestion, hormones, and immunity can be improved and functioning at its best.
  4. Chiropractors also advise on lifestyle changes, including posture, stretches and exercises to support the body in healing, proper alignment and optimum functioning.
By Romo Chiropractic | Modesto | Chiropractor
July 10, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The wrist is the name usually given to the eight carpal bones (the lunate, scaphoid, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, capitate, hamate and trapezoid carpals) that form the part of the hand closest to the forearm, and the joints that they form with each other and the bones of the forearm and hand. The radiocarpal joint connects the hand to the forearm and involves the distal end (furthest from the body) of the radius, the articular disc and eight bones of the wrist itself. The scaphoid, lunate, pisiform and triquetrum carpals articulate (connect) directly with the radius, whereas the other carpal bones are slightly more distal to (further from) the wrist joint. The proximal (closest to the body) parts of the five metacarpals are often included as anatomical components of the wrist.

 As we all know from experience, a wide range of movement is possible at the wrist, and the radiocarpal joint allows for flexion (bending) extension (straightening), some hyperextension (bending back) abduction (movement away from the body) adduction (movement towards the body) and circumduction (circular movement of the hand from the wrist).

Although the ulna is larger than the radius, it tapers towards the wrist and becomes narrower. Here, at the end of the forearm, the head of the radius connects with the radial notch of the ulna to form the radioulnar joint. This is separated from the radiocarpal joint by the articular disc and allows for supination and pronation movements of the hand (rotating the palm of the hand to face-up and face-down positions respectively). Both the radiocarpal and radioulnar joints are synovial joints, the radiocarpal being a condyloid (or ellipsoid) joint whereas the radioulnar is a pivot joint.

The midcarpal joint occurs between the carpals most proximal to the wrist and those more distal. Between the carpal bones in each row (proximal or distal) are a series of intercarpal joints. These are a combination of synovial planar (sliding) and saddle joints, which allow a degree of movement in the lower hand, including flexion (bending toward the palm) and extension (straightening toward the back of the hand).

Each bone of the wrist is connected to its neighbors by one or more ligaments. Since there are a total of fifteen bones comprising the various wrist joints (the radius, ulna, eight carpals and five metacarpals), this gives rise to a complex arrangement of wrist ligaments. Two of the largest of these are the medial (ulnar) collateral ligament and lateral (radial) collateral ligament. The lateral collateral ligament connects the radius across the wrist to the scaphoid carpal, and the medial collateral ligament attaches the end of ulna to the triquetrum and pisiform carpals.