In a nutshell, Osteoporosis develops when bone loss occurs faster than the body can replace it. Osteoporosis mainly affects women but may also affect men.
How to build stronger bones
There are several risk factors linked to your likelihood of developing bone weakness. Some of these risk factors can be changed and the big one is physical activity. Weight bearing and resistance exercises are best. The mechanical load applied to your bones during exercise needs to be greater than that encountered during normal daily activities.
Why supervised exercise works
Individual or group exercise sessions supervised by a Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist will help you to get the optimum benefit from your efforts. Your physio or exercise physiologist will liaise with your GP or specialist to discuss your bone density results and prescribed management following a diagnosis of Osteoporosis.
A well-rounded exercise program will include:
- Exercise focused on the hips and spine which are essential to help protect these vulnerable areas from fractures
- Exercises which improve your ability to keep balanced on your feet and legs decreasing your risk of falling
- Group or team exercise to help keep you motivated and enjoy getting fitter and stronger.
Good examples of load-bearing high impact activities
- Brisk walking
- Climbing stairs
- Tennis or other racquet sports
What if you have broken a bone due to osteoporosis?
Physiotherapy won’t heal the broken bone—but it will certainly give you better odds of a successful recovery.
Don’t ignore your bone health, call today and talk to us about how we can help.