Love Your Bones. Protect Your Future. Know Osteoporosis 

10/04/2018

Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness in Belfield provides servicing to many near by Inner West suburbs including Belmore, Strathfield and Croydon park. See our weekly blog below if you are interested in new research, facts, general information or ideas.

Fragile bones, brittle bones, bones that are weak and feel unstable… have you ever wondered what this means?

Osteoporosis is a common disease impacting our society.

In Australia, it is estimated 1.2 million people suffer from osteoporosis. It is a condition that makes bones brittle and more susceptible to breaks/ fractures.

Exercise and Sport Science Australia had come out with a position statement in 2017 regarding exercise prescription for prevention and management of osteoporosis. They ultimately concluded there are some guidelines on safe and effective exercise for bone health. Assuming the program considers previous injuries and current conditions, physical activity can assist to:

  • Improve bone mineral density

  • Increase size, strength and capacity of our muscles

 

If physical activity or exercise is engaged early in life, this can reduce bone loss in older ages. For the elderly, the focus is more to maintain and improve muscle mass, strength and to address risk factors of falls.

So, what is the right kind of exercise?

  • Weight bearing exercise (i.e. stair climbing, squats, tennis, aerobic classes, walking)

  • Progressive resistance training (i.e. lifting weights and utilising gym equipment)

 

These exercises are to be performed regularly, progressively, and varied.

Our Physiotherapists at LIMP IN LEAP OUT PHYSIOTHERAPY & WELLNESS can assist you. We can develop tailored exercise programs to help you improve bone mineral density and muscle mass. In addition, we are closely linked with Anytime Fitness’s personal trainer (EDDY), who can help you execute exercise programs related to osteoporosis.

EDDY is a close friend of the clinic, who works with the physiotherapists to improve overall health of the community. Want a friendly chat with him? Give him a call on (0423 383 673).

 

This information can be used to gain a better understanding on bone health. To find out more about how we can help your condition, or to book in for a consultation you can contact us via our Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness contact us page, or book online here.

Reference: Beck, B. R., Daly, R. M. Singh, M. A.F. & Taaffe, D. R. (2017). Exercise and sport science australia (essa) position statement on exercise prescription for the prevention and management of osteoporosis. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 20(5), 438-445.

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