Iwould think that if you had bad asthma there is a good chance that you had to take steroids many times when you were younger. Increased lifetime exposure to steroids is one risk for osteoporosis, a condition that can damage the vertebrae and lead to reduced height and postural change. A curve of the upper spine may occur which at it’s worst becomes what is referred to as a dowagers hump. I’m not familiar with the process of Rolfing but research of evidence would suggest that although anecdotal benefits are reported there is no medical evidence it is of any benefit. I would however suggest you see your GP and be referred for a Dexa scan to check your bone density, to see if you are at risk of or have developed osteoporosis.
If this is the case, a medical treatment programme could be devised for you. It is estimated that our entire skeleton is remodelled every ten years between the ages of two and 30. Peak bone strength is reached in our 20s and stabilises until our mid-30s. From the age of 35 onwards we lose bone density and strength. Maintaining good bone health starts in childhood and continues life-long.
Calcium and vitamin D are the two main minerals involved in bone health. Unfortunately, a large percentage of people don’t meet their adequate daily intake. Nearly 40pc of children and 75pc of adolescents don’t have enough calcium in their diet. Vitamin D deficiency is also common with about eight in 10 adults and primary school children having less than 50pc of recommended vitamin D levels. The best source of calcium is from dairy products although other sources include green vegetables, pulses, and breads.
Poorly nourished bones become brittle and weak, leading firstly to osteopenia then to osteoporosis (brittle bone disease). Osteoporosis affects one intwowomenandoneinfivemen.It can also affect children.