Osteoporosis Treatment Cambridge
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become thin and weak. It happens more commonly in old age when the body becomes less able to replace worn out bone. Special cells within the bones, called living bone cells, are no longer able to effectively break down old bone and renew it with healthy, dense (thick) new bone.
As you get older, you lose a certain amount of bone causing the bones to become thinner. The bones become more fragile and more likely to break (or fracture) and this is particularly true of the bones in the spine, wrist and hips.
Bone is a living tissue that is constantly repairing itself. It is made of a hard outer shell, which contains a mesh of collagen (tough elastic fibres), minerals, blood vessels and bone marrow. This mesh looks a bit like honeycomb with spaces between the different parts. Healthy bones are very dense and the spaces within bones are small. In bones affected by osteoporosis, the spaces are larger, making the bones weaker and less elastic.
Bones are repaired and reinforced by a range of proteins and minerals, which are absorbed from the bloodstream. They include calcium, phosphorus, proteins and amino acids. Sex hormones control the amount of mineral substances deposited in the bones and changes in the hormone levels can therefore affect the strength of the bones. For example, the female hormone oestrogen offers some protection against osteoporosis and after the menopause, as oestrogen levels fall, bones can thin quickly.
Osteoporosis is very common and, in some cases, can be severe. Approximately three million people in the UK have osteoporosis and there are over 230,000 fractures every year as a result.
Therapies for Help with Osteoporosis
- Corrective Holistic Exercise KinesiologyThe CHEK system is multidisciplinary; therefore, it prioritises your personal programme according to your financial and time commitments to address the areas that will give you the greatest long-term reward.... read more
- Functional Health Careassesses your current health and wellbeing and the practitioner can advise you on the various options available. Your assessment will be thorough and in depth and look at your health, diet, lifestyle, posture, fitness, happiness and coping abilities.... read more