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Exercise Physiology For Osteoporosis Treatment

Osteoporosis is a common disease that affects the bones of the body, causing them to become brittle and more susceptible to fractures (breaks). It is caused by the loss of minerals, such as calcium, at a faster rate than the body can produce them, which causes a loss of bone density. As bones become less dense, minor bumps or falls can lead to fractures. Unfortunately, this often means people affected by osteoporosis are reluctant to exercise, believing it will increase their likelihood of suffering a broken bone, when in fact evidence clearly indicates that exercise is one of the most effective treatments available for this condition.

Exercise is fast becoming a primary course of treatment for osteoporosis. Extensive research shows that it reduces the risk of falls in elderly people, as well as improving bone density in osteoporotic individuals. With targeted exercise programs including strength training, the risk of osteoporotic fractures can be significantly reduced because exercise improves bone density levels plus lowers the risk of falls.

It is important to remember that improvements in bone density levels don’t occur quickly, and as such, motivation can sometimes become a factor when exercising for osteoporotic individuals. Making sure you have specific goals for your exercise can help, as can ongoing education about the ability of exercise to alleviate or manage your symptoms, improve your ability to perform normal daily activities, reduce disability and improve your quality of life. Accredited exercise physiologists, who are trained to prescribe exercise as well as provide education for the treatment of chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, are ideally skilled to develop and deliver exercise programs for osteoporotic patients. They can help get you back to living your life and enjoying the activities that you love to do.

At Central Performance your exercise physiology program for osteoporosis will always be highly individualised based on your specific goals and needs. Exercises are carefully chosen for you depending on your functional ability, confidence with exercise, any injury history and your personal preferences. The goal of exercise programs for managing osteoporosis and reducing falls risk is to progress through to high impact training, as research indicates this type of training has many benefits for patients when professionally designed and supervised.

At Central Performance your exercise physiology program for osteoporosis will always be highly individualised based on your specific goals and needs. Exercises are carefully chosen for you depending on your functional ability, confidence with exercise, any injury history and your personal preferences. The goal of exercise programs for managing osteoporosis and reducing falls risk is to progress through to high impact training, as research indicates this type of training has many benefits for patients when professionally designed and supervised.

Exercise programs for patients with osteoporosis will usually begin with strength-based exercises using body weight. This achieves a baseline level of strength before progressing to loaded strength exercises (i.e. with added weights) that mimic activities of everyday life. Increasing loads throughout a strength program are extremely important for people with osteoporosis or falls risk, as these increases further load the bones of the body producing improvements in bone density. The combination of increased bone density plus increased strength levels have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of falls and subsequent osteoporotic fractures.

Once a strength program has been firmly established, static balance and high impact training need to be introduced. These are important in maximising your stability whilst stationary and also on the move. Careful monitoring and adjustment of these types of training is important to maximise your safety whilst ensuring you get maximal benefits from your exercise program. Most patients find that they feel much safer and more confident being supervised during these more advanced types of exercise, and accredited exercise physiologists are the ideal exercise professionals to provide this supervision owing to their advanced university education plus clinical experience.

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