The Natural Approach to Restoring Bone Density
Introduction to Bone Density
There are often many reasons why an individual develops bone density conditions. The Balanced Body Center offers the most comprehensive approach to evaluating and treating bone density conditions, such as osteoporosis and osteopenia, naturally and effectively. While this disorder is complicated, we have created a brief sampling of some ofthe services that may be required to understand treatment.
Concerns about Medication
Treating bone density problems with
medication can often present greater health problems than the original problem.
There is a time and place for everything. However, medications that treat bone
density fail to address the cause of the problem. Additionally, these
medications often have severe side effects. Visit the following links for
information on side effects.
Our office utilizes state of the art ultrasound testing to evaluate bone density. Ultrasound testing provides a number of benefits over traditional bone density testing. Ultrasound technology
allows our office to evaluate bone density without any exposure to radiation.
Additionally, the testing is extremely cost effective as it is much less expensive than traditional testing. Recent studies have demonstrated that the new ultrasound testing procedures are also very accurate and provide the same accuracy as traditional testing.
Bone Resorption Testing
In addition to measuring bone density
through advanced ultrasound, our office utilizes DNA based testing acquired
from standardized blood samples to measure the rate of bone loss for our
patients. The rate of loss is often more important than the amount of loss and
can be a better tool to measure the effectiveness of therapeutic treatments.
It is a common belief that calcium deficiencies can contribute to loss of bone density. However, the clinical picture is often much more complicated. Nutritional medicine must be customized
to maximize effectiveness. Our office utilizes an extremely comprehensive blood chemistry panel and orthomolecular analysis to determine an individual's specific nutritional requirements. (See: Othomolecular Therapy).
Once completed, our office can determine what type of calcium is likely to be effective and if
other minerals are required such as magnesium, potassium, boron, manganese and/or Vitamin D.
One of the most common causes of bone loss is ineffective absorption through the gastrointestinal lining. Many factors such as leaky gut, abnormal gastrointestinal flora, systemic yeast, delayed food allergies, altered PH, increased bowel transit time, constipation, and
frequent diarrhea can minimize the body's ability to absorb nutrients. Our office offers delayed food testing, systemic yeast test, gastrointestinal permeability testing and pH Tests to identify each patient's individual needs.
Once identified, natural solutions to these conditions can be pursued to
restore normal gastrointestinal function and improved bone density.
Many people do not realize that toxicity can interfere with the body's normal usage of minerals. In fact, many elements such as aluminum, mercury, and cadmium can displace other vital minerals that are necessary for good bone density. Air pollution, cosmetics, water contamination and other factors can often introduce high levels of these toxic elements into an individual's system, resulting in a variety of health conditions including loss of bone density.
Thyroid/Neurotransmitters and Hormone Imbalances
It has been well established over the years that hormonal balance is crucial to good bone density. Despite this knowledge, many factors continue to be overlooked in the treatment of bone density disorders. Our office utilizes advanced thyroid blood chemistries, male and female hormone profiles, adrenal testing and neurotransmitter testing to reveal the hidden causes of these disorders.
Proper evaluation can reveal slight thyroid imbalances, reduced DHEA, increased cortisol, metabolic syndrome, decreased serotonin, hypoparathyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, decreased estrogen, decreased testosterone and many other factors that can contribute to and/or cause a loss of bone density. It is essential to restore balance to these systems naturally to ensure recovery from bone density conditions.
Targeted Physical Therapy:
Regular exercise can be one of the most effective tools to combat loss of bone density. Our office utilizes our staff physical therapist to design individual exercise programs for all patients
suffering from bone density conditions. This usually requires a short number of in office visits followed by a home therapy program or off site therapy program.
All of our patients receive a dietary evaluation to help determine what changes can be effective to help improve health and effect bone density conditions. Often small changes can be extremely
effective in helping to manage and improve these conditions.
Understanding the physiology of bone is essential to understanding the relationship between proper structural alignment and good bone density. Postural imbalance can increase the strain on weakened bones and increase the risk of fracture.
Additionally structural misalignment can create increased pressure on vertebral bodies causing alteration in the normal electric charge, thus altering the effectiveness of osteoblasts (which
are the cells responsible for new bone production).
Many people suffer tremendously due to end-stage bone disease. The nutritional health of an individual's bones is often representative of overall health. An aggressive approach to regaining
normal bone density is essential to a long and healthy life. The widespread use of medications in the treatment of bone disease offers a limited approach and poor prognosis for true health. Understanding the cause of disease and restoring balance naturally provides the best hope for true health.
Multisite Bone Ultrasound Measurement on a North American Female Study
The Balanced Body Center(704) 849-9393