The term osteoporosis means porous bone, it is a condition where the bone density thats the collagen that makes the fine mesh structure within our bones becomes less dense and gaps appear. If you could look at the structure of your bone it would look much like a Curly Wurly chocolate bar or a sea sponge with lots of different size holes in the structure. With your bones more fragile you are more likely to break them if you fall.
It is known as the silent disease because you do not know that you have until you actually break something an X-ray may highlight the problem. You condition can be confirmed by a bone density or dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scan that confirm bone loss.
Osteoporosis can be caused by a number of different factors such as genetics, side effects of prescription drugs, Oestrogen or Testosterone deficiency, smoking, excessive drinking of alcohol as well as poor diet and lack of exercise.
There are different things you can do to help yourself that you have control over that will not only contribute towards improving your condition but also your health and wellbeing in general. Giving up smoking and cutting down on alcohol have been shown to be a positive impact on bone health. Making sure you have a sensible healthy diet that includes calcium and if needed Vitamin D. Depending on your circumstances you should seek medical advice on supplements as medication can be a factor affecting diet.
Regular physical activity such as walking is recommended, cycling or swimming will not help as much as there is less much less weight bearing impact on your bones. Again depending on your age and health will determine your choice and duration of physical activity.
Your doctor may prescribe medication, these days the profession tries to avoid prescriptions where possible due to side effects, it can also be difficult to find the right drug combination that works for you. There is no one size fits all solution as everyone is different. If you have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis or Osteopenia the National Osteoporosis Society has some great information on your condition. It is better to know as much as you can about the condition so that you can know that you are taking the best course of treatment.
We are learning about the Osteoporotic condition all the time and new advice and treatments are always being developed. MBST is such a treatment that Ann has been using to treat both Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis. MBST or magnetic resonance therapy has been shown to increase mineral bone density, this 2008 study on the treatment of osteoporosis with MBST shows the results.
MBST has no side effects and the actual treatment process is neither harmful nor painful. It consists of a number of sessions in a machine much like a body scanner and the technology is based on MRT (magnetic resonance tomography), you can find out more by reading our page on magnetic resonance therapy. If you need further information or just want to speak to Ann to see how MBST can help you can call on the number at the top of this page or fill out the contact form on the right .