How can we advise on Osteoporosis and Osteopenia?
By Paula Esson
Osteoporosis often does not show itself until there is a fracture in place or you have actively taken a DEXA scan to measure your bone density. Often linked to a number of contributing factors such as menopause, family history, use of steroids, low BMI, limited exercise and the usual suspects such as alcohol and smoking. Intervention to slow the process or prevent usually involve adaptations to diet and movement as well as medications that slow the process of bone breakdown. A new star is emerging to help and is gaining momentum.
What is Vitamin K?
Vitamin K was discovered in 1929 as an essential nutrient for blood coagulation (blood clotting).The initial discovery was reported in a German scientific journal, where it was called “Coagulations vitamin”, which is where the "K" comes from.
It was also discovered by the dentist Weston Price, who travelled the world in the early 20th century studying the relationship between diet and disease in different populations. He found that the non-industrial diets were high in some unidentified nutrient, which seemed to provide protection against tooth decay and chronic disease. He referred to this mystery nutrient as “activator X,” which is now believed to have been vitamin K2 .
Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone): Found in plant foods like leafy greens.
Vitamin K2 (menaquinone): Found in animal foods and fermented foods.
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Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting, calcium metabolism and heart health. One of its most important functions is to regulate calcium deposition. In other words, it promotes the calcification of bones and prevents the calcification of blood vessels and kidneys. Controlled studies in people also observe that vitamin K2 supplements generally improve bone and heart health.
May Help Improve Bone Health and Lower Your Risk of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis — which translates to “porous bones” — is a common problem in Western countries. It prevails especially among older women and strongly raises the risk of fractures. As mentioned above, vitamin K2 plays a central role in the metabolism of calcium the main mineral found in your bones and teeth. Vitamin K2 activates the calcium-binding actions of two proteins — matrix GLA protein and osteocalcin, which help to build and maintain bones
A 3-year study in 244 postmenopausal women found that those taking vitamin K2 supplements had much slower decreases in age-related bone mineral density.
Long-term studies in Japanese women have observed similar benefits — though very high doses were used in these cases. Out of 13 studies, only one failed to show significant improvement.
Seven of these trials, which took fractures into consideration, found that vitamin K2 reduced spinal fractures by 60%, hip fractures by 77% and all non-spinal fractures by 81%
In line with these findings, vitamin K supplements are officially recommended for preventing and treating osteoporosis in Japan.
“Vitamin K deficiency, as indicated by an increased circulating level of undercarboxylated osteocalcin, may contribute to osteoporotic fractures. Even though the effect of vitamin K2 on the BMD is quite modest, this vitamin may have the potential to regulate bone metabolism and play a role in reducing the risk of osteoporotic fractures”
Curr Pharm Des. 2004;10(21):2557-76.
How can I advise my clients?
For the last year I have been working with the Norwegian Company Eqology alongside my Bowen Clinic. I had a logical feeling in clinic that measurable advice and action that had a real affect for people and helped them maintain responsibility for themselves as part of their ongoing recovery is totally key.
By being able to blood-test and ensure commitment to programs we have gained some excellent results with inflammation, pain, cardio health, movement and energy /sleep levels. Their focused approach is Omega 3 and Vitamin K2/D3. Every client I have had who has followed the simple program of take the test, take the supplement for 5 months and re-test has shown demonstrable changes on paper and in their lives. Nothing random.
Vitamin K2/D3 is offered as a support for osteoporosis / cardio health and dental health.
Omega 3 for inflammation / pain / brain / eyes and skin.
In our clinics we have shown a reduced need for hands on treatment as well allowing space for new clients and helping people fully back into their lives and activities.
How can I work with Osteoporosis and Bowen?
The key here is to implement the principles of the work to the person in front of you. Osteoporosis is a bone condition that leads to a level of fragility in the structure. Logically it is important to assess your client for “spaces” they lean towards and areas they cannot access will give a great indication of how somebody recruits muscle contraction, maintains tensions and creates their own “tensegrity” pattern. By using Bowen we can assist and possibly change fascial and structural tension globally which would potentially alter the pull and push on the skeletal structure.
Intercostal Spaces around each rib.
Fractured ribs are common with osteoporosis from a sneeze or a coughing episode.
Pelvic Procedure and Hamstrings.
These will capture tensional relationships around the head of the femur. Common fractures occur at the neck of the femur itself. Ilium deterioration is also frequent. Assisting the organisation of the lower body can help the volume of impact from the foot hitting the ground and how the pelvis moves in gait.
Reduction of integrity and height of vertebrae also occur. Use your Bowen move to work in multi-directions. Working either side of the spine in all directions of the compass.
SafeToMove runs a number of courses that explore the multiple applications of the
Bowen move that assist you.
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