Osteoporosis is a condition where bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them. Bones become thinner and less dense. Common sites for osteoporosis are the spine, hip, upper arm, ribs, forearm or wrist and is often called “the silent disease” as it has no signs or symptoms until a fracture happens.
Fractures cause pain, altered posture, loss of independence and muscle weakness due to disease.
Women are more likely to get osteoporosis than men and usually post menopausal due to reduced oestrogen. Statistics show that 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over 60 in Australia will have an osteoporotic fracture.
Osteopenia is the term to describe bones that are weaker than normal but not weak enough to be called Osteoporosis.
Not everyone who is diagnosed with osteopenia will develop osteoporosis.
We know that in addition to changes in diet, specific exercise under load is the most effective way to maintain bone density as well as the added benefit of maintaining muscle strength. Walking, swimming and low impact exercise is not sufficient to maintain or build bone density.
Tailored Exercise Programmes at Eastern Sports and Spinal Care aim to:
- Improve clients awareness of spinal posture
- Improve clients knowledge of osteopenia/osteoporosis and its management
- Increase spinal, shoulder and pelvic stability
- Increase the strength of large muscle groups
- Improve cardiovascular fitness
- Improve and challenge balance safely
- Achieve each clients own goals e.g. golf for 18 holes
- Improve bone strength
Eastern Sports and Spinal Care has a Vibrogym which has been proven to improve the maintenance of bone density. The Vibrogym, a vertically oscillating platform has been proven to increase bone density as a result of increasing the gravitational force on our bones.
As a client you will be assessed individually and an appropriate supervised weight bearing and resistance exercise programme with concurrent home exercise programme will be devised to address your specific needs.
For more information please visit the Osteoporosis Australia website at http://www.osteoporosis.org.au/