Here in Australia we have a love/hate relationship with the sun. We love the outdoors but it comes with its drawbacks – sunburn and unfortunately this could lead to skin cancers.
Ironically we have been told recently that we must spend time in the sunshine without sunscreen or protection! Why you ask?! For the health of our bones of course!
When our bare skin is exposed to sunshine we produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D and it’s relationship with calcium is possibly the most crucial factor affecting our bone density. These days with the harsh UV rays we are taught to cover up and slip slop slap, but what has been discovered is that it is actually affecting the strength of our bones and leading to diseases such as osteoporosis.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimated that 50% of females and 25% of males will suffer an osteoporotic fracture at some point in their lives (over the age of 50). Our bones are slowly but surely under constant regeneration through the mineralization of calcium (by vitamin D). And of course this process slows as we get older (peak is 25 years of age). It is no surprise then, with a lack of sun exposure, compounded with the physiological decline in regeneration of bone as we age, that so many women and some men suffer debilitating fractures.
So what are the recommendations?
In order to give your skin enough exposure to direct sunlight, allowing your body to produce it’s own Vitamin D and maintain/improve the density and thus strength of your bones:
Allow your skin to have (sun-cream free) complete exposure to the sunlight 3 times per week for 10-15 minutes per session.
As your local Spine and Health Chiropractors on the Lower North Shore we care for your health and especially your bones. Chiropractic care can diagnose, treat and prevent musculoskeletal disorders with an all-encompassing health and well-being approach.
The Chiro’s in Crows Nest and North Sydney,are experts in pain and posture and tailor treatment schedules to the individual. Techniques used and pressure applied is done so on a case-by-case scenario.
How can Chiropractic care help you with bone density issues?
We will help minimize your risks of fractures and alleviate pain by gently realigning you spine to its ideal posture. We can give health advice, teach you strengthening exercises, and help you to help the well-being of your spine.
So get out there and enjoy the sunshine responsibly, boost those Vitamin D levels, and improve the density of your bones!
To look better, move better and feel better please call us today:
Crows Nest Ph 9460 8459
North Sydney Ph 9955 8055