Osteoporosis can cause weak and brittle bones and increase your risk for fractures. It is typically associated with advancing age and is common in postmenopausal people. In addition to weak and brittle bones, osteoporosis can cause a "humpback-like" appearance called dowager's hump, as well as painful joints. Osteoporosis can also lead to spinal pain that can become quite severe and debilitating. Prescription pain medications are typically opioid-based and can cause significant side effects, especially in aging adults. If you have spinal pain because of osteoporosis and are looking for alternatives to prescription medications to manage your pain, consider the following benefits of chiropractic care.

Therapeutic Massage to Enhance Circulation

Your chiropractor can perform therapeutic massage on your back, focusing on your spine. Chiropractic massage treatments can help promote optimal blood flow and circulation to the painful areas of your spine to improve flexibility, range of motion, reduce pain, and decrease inflammation. Osteoporosis-related spinal pain can disrupt your sleep, although regular massage therapy sessions can help promote relaxation and improve the quality of your sleep.

Chiropractic massage can promote the release of special chemicals and neurotransmitters into your bloodstream. These chemicals include endorphins, which are commonly called "feel-good hormones." Not only can endorphin release improve the quality of your sleep, but it can also help decrease your perception of pain. 

Spinal Manipulation Benefits

Also called manual manipulation, chiropractic spinal manipulation treatments can also help relieve your spinal pain. During spinal manipulation, your chiropractor can manually manipulate certain structures of your back such as the joints to help relieve spinal pain and neck pain, as well as to promote spinal health.

It is important to note, that while you may experience dramatic relief after only a single spinal manipulation treatment, your chiropractor may recommend regular treatments to help keep pain and inflammation at bay.

To augment the benefits of spinal manipulation, your chiropractic physician may recommend nutrition interventions such as eating more fatty fish such as salmon and tuna. These types of fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to decrease inflammation, promote circulation, and relieve pain. Your chiropractor may also recommend increasing your intake of magnesium-rich foods such as almonds and spinach because magnesium can also help decrease pain and enhance blood flow. 

If you suffer from spinal pain as a result of osteoporosis but do not want to take prescription pain medications, consider chiropractic care. After a comprehensive examination, your chiropractic physician will develop a treatment plan to help manage your symptoms.

Contact a medical service such as Avors Medical Group to learn more.