To counter-act the effects of Osteoporosis – a condition where the rate of bone loss is faster than bone regeneration, resulting in a loss of bone density – we have designed safe and effective strength training programmes for sufferers, working in combination with ongoing advice and management.
Osteoporosis is a rapidly increasing silent epidemic affecting approximately 30% of women and 14% of men over the age of 50. It is scientifically proven that exercise can maintain, prevent and restore bone mass density.
Signs and symptoms include:
Fracture of bones often following minimal trauma especially of the hip, wrist or Vertebra in the spine
Back, neck or spinal pain
Postural changes eg Dowager´s hump, spinal deformity
Loss of height
Diagnosis is generally through DEXA scan but may be after an osteoporosis related fracture. Management/treatment generally consists of a combination of the following:
Safe and appropriate individual exercise
Balance training/falls prevention
Advice and education
Exercise is essential for bone health particularly weight bearing exercises eg. Walking, jogging, dancing, weight training. Your physiotherapists have the expertise to advise you on an appropriate programme for you to follow and enjoy. See Pilates and Yoga.
Physiotherapy can be combined with all or some of the following:
Calcium and Vitamin D supplements
Lifestyle changes eg smoking cessation