It's Monday and we are back in full swing here at the office!
My patient Pat was kind enough to share some photos of her recent treatment here at Synergy Chiropractic!
In addition to working on some hip pain, some of Pat's concerns are arthritis and osteoporosis, two conditions that tend to be common in our society.
I address arthritis- inflammation of the joints of the body, and osteoporosis-decreased bone and particularly bone strength, from a holistic perspective.
First and foremost, I inspect and treat the musculoskeletal structure of the body, making sure that all joints that may be restricted and need to be adjusted are adjusted. I check for the necessity of a chiropractic adjustment with my muscle testing. Depending on the muscle testing results, I know whether to manually adjust the spine or to use a more gentle technique to restore alignment. Appropriately adjusting the spine results in decreased swelling, inflammation, pain, and stiffness throughout the body, as well as improved nervous system function and thus overall body function.
The structural system is definitely not the only part of joint issues and bone disease. I also check for any biochemical stressors that may be contributing to arthritis and osteoporosis. This includes organ system weakness, high levels of inflammation in the body, food sensitivities like what, dairy, corn, soy, and sugar, nutrient deficiencies, and more.
A common food sensitivity that I find with osteoporosis is wheat and grains. Wheat is acidifying to the gastro-intesitnal tract. In an effort to buffer the blood to keep it from getting to acidic, the body will pull minerals like calcium and magnesium from the bones into the bloodstream. Years of eating too many grains in the diet can result in bone loss throughout the body.
Another deficiency I also find is protein. If the body is low in protein due to low dietary protein intake, the body will pull protein out of the synovial fluid in the joints, leaving the joints weakened and vulnerable.
These are two great examples of why it is so important to check for any biochemical issues with any kind of joint related issue or disease, in addition to working on the skeletal structure with our holistic manual therapies.
Thanks Pat for sharing, and thank you all for reading!