Understanding Pain Caused by Calcium Deficiency

calcium and painVery few people recognize that calcium is a building block for our entire planetary system, but most people understand the value of calcium for our bodies.  The greatest function of calcium in the body is its work with phosphorus to build and maintain healthy strong bones and teeth.  The calcium state in our bodies and more specifically our bones is constantly fluctuating depending on our intake and our body’s needs.  While many people understand what calcium means to bones and teeth, it is important to understand that our calcium also plays a role the soft tissues, intercellular fluids and blood meaning that it affects so much more and a deficiency in calcium could even be the problem behind your chronic pain.

The symptoms of calcium deficiency blend so well into our everyday lives that they often go unnoticed or at least don’t set off any alarms for greater attention.  Often times people lacking in calcium will appear pale and listless, feel very tired and sort of come off as lazy.  This behavior may be misunderstood as an illness rather than a deeper level problem.  It isn’t uncommon for a simple calcium deficiency to become far more complex when it begins to cause heart palpitations, muscle cramps, insomnia, chronic pain and an overall feeling of discomfort associated with activity.  These are actually the signs of a serious calcium deficiency.

Chronic pain and specifically leg pain can be a clear indication of calcium deficiency and is often an early sign of osteoporosis.  Tetany is a nervous condition caused by calcium deficiency that is also characterized by muscle cramps, chronic pain, and numbness or tingling in your appendages.  Additionally, calcium deposits can grow to a point where they interfere with muscles and create chronic pain with movement.

How Can Calcium Help With Your Pain?

Calcium acts as a natural tranquilizer in our bodies.  It has a calming effect on our nerves which in turn has a calming effect on our muscles helping to reduce chronic pain, especially pain associated with injuries that would traditionally require physical therapy.  Calcium therapy is a known treatment for various forms of arthritis and is an obvious treatment for tetany.

When looking at patients for treatment with our primal reflex release technique, we examine their diet and make suggestions to add calcium as well as its helpers phosphorus and vitamin D.  As most of our clients are dealing with pain related to injuries that are muscular and ligature in nature, it is important that their bodies have the appropriate nutrients to help aid in the healing process after primal reflex release technique is administered.

Adding Calcium

foods with calcium for painCalcium is found in a variety of food.   How much calcium our bodies absorb and how efficiently that absorption occurs is a job handled by the parathyroid gland.  There are many dietary combinations that inhibit the absorption of calcium including things like caffeine, fatty acids, and fluoride.  There are a variety of calcium supplements available and the average adult requires between 800 and 1000 milligrams of calcium a day.  If you do choose to take supplements, then you should select one that is strictly a calcium supplement.  Most multi-vitamins are not adequate sources of calcium as the calcium itself may block the absorption of other nutrients.

Obviously, there are many foods we can eat that are high in calcium and you’ll be happy to know that although tinned fish with bones is one of the best sources, a good old fashioned glass of 2% milk is almost a match with 297 milligrams of calcium.  Other sources include yogurt, tofu, peanuts, cheese, and soybeans.  You should always consult a physician before altering your diet or taking supplements of any kind and this especially true when you are looking for answers to chronic pain.