Chiropractic treatment, Vit D, Calcium after SCI

Are you deliberating about seeing a chiropractor after a spinal cord injury?  In this post I discuss chiropractic treatment, Vit D, and calcium after SCI.

Chiropractic treatment, Vit D, Calcium after SCI Everyone is nervous about remedial therapy following a spinal cord injury. Chiropractic treatment may not be your first concern while in hospital but when you are settled back at home it is certainly a consideration.

Emily returned home in 2012 and returned to study in 2013. Note-taking at lectures, assignments and presentations are all done hunched over a keyboard and looking up and down, to and from, the computer screen made Emily’s neck sore and stiff. The strain across her shoulders as she bowed to write initiated her first chiropractic consultation.

Emily has received chiropractic treatment now for several years from a wonderful practitioner, Dr Kylie Harris at Bay Chiropractic. Kylie has a knack of keeping Emily’s joints loose with a full range of motion. “A balanced spine means a healthy body” says their webpage.

The relief experienced by Kylie’s gentle treatment is fairly instant. She understands Emily’s reticence in having anybody manipulate her joints, particularly her neck, too aggressively, so our sessions are invigorating yet relaxed, therapeutic and reformative.

Chiropractic treatment, Vit D, Calcium after SCI Chiropractic treatment, Vit D, Calcium after SCI

It has to be acknowledged that being immobile in a constant sitting position is not ideal for our skeleton’s health. Bones love movement so an exercise program to a quadriplegic is equally as important as to walkers. Emily needs a daily standing schedule to address her bone density and other aspects of general health.

The bones of a quadriplegic need Vit D (sunlight) and calcium just like anyone. Emily recently had a skin check as quadriplegics aren’t excused from melanoma but I digress.

Vit D (sunlight) requirements:

Skin type Season Skin exposed Recommended time of day Sun exposure
Moderately fair Summer Arms or equivalent Mid morning or mid afternoon 5 – 10 minutes*
Darker skin Summer Arms or equivalent Mid morning or mid afternoon 15 – 60 minutes*
Skin type Season Skin exposed Recommended time of day Sun exposure
Moderately fair Winter Arms or equivalent Midday 7 – 30 minutes*
Darker skin Winter Arms or equivalent Midday 20 min – 3 hrs*

Calcium requirement:

    • Adults 19-50 years: 1000 mg/day
    • Adults >51 years: 1200 mg/day
    • The best sources are in the diet (dairy products; dark, leafy green vegetables;  tofu; canned salmon; calcium-fortified orange juice) rather than from supplements. Read more on SCI dietary needs. and recipes.
    • Supplements can be taken if you can’t get adequate calcium in your diet, consult your doctor for advice. Just be aware that some calcium supplements can cause constipation!

Addressing  bone health is imperative for people with limited mobility. It is important to manage your day to include sunshine, and enough calcium in your diet with weight-bearing exercise i.e. standing. Emily benefits enormously from visiting our chiropractor on a regular basis. Dr Harris also reiterates good posture and stress relieving exercises for Emily so contributes holistically to Emily’s health regime.

Chiropractic treatment, Vit D, Calcium after SCI

Chiropractic treatment, Vit D, Calcium after SCI

Looking so much better now!

Further reading on Vit D and sunlight 

Further reading on Calcium requirements 

Bay Chiropractic 

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