Osteoporosis, a condition characterised by weakened bones, is a serious health concern affecting a significant portion of the population, particularly as we age. The major concern with this condition is osteoporotic fracture. The good news is that there are effective ways to manage and even reverse the effects of osteoporosis.
One of the most powerful tools at our disposal is exercise, Exercise strengthens muscles and plays a pivotal role in improving bone density. In this article, we’ll delve into how you can use exercise to treat osteoporosis and explore how gym classes with an Exercise Physiologist could be a game-changer in your bone health journey.
The Exercise-Osteoporosis Connection
For individuals diagnosed with osteoporosis, exercise might seem counterintuitive. After all, isn’t physical activity known to carry some level of risk for fragile bones? While that’s true to an extent, the key lies in the right kind of exercise, tailored to your strength and ability and guided by professionals well-versed in bone health, like exercise physiologists.
Contrary to popular belief, physical activity is actually a cornerstone of osteoporosis treatment as long as it’s approached with care and expertise to provide enough stimulation for bone development and to prevent falls and possible resulting fractures.
Exercises Tailored for Osteoporosis
The traditional recommendation for exercise for Osteoporosis has been weight-bearing exercises like walking, dancing, stair climbing and resistance bands. While these are good for your general fitness, balance and posture to reduce the risk of falls, they are not as effective for building bone density.
Current research shows that higher levels of graduated impact exercise which includes resistance training with brief levels of high intensity is required to gain bone-building effects. This can include jogging as a progression. It is important to tailor your exercises to your current strength and ability and build that strength going forward under supervision to gain maximum results.
Building Bone Density Through Physical Exercise
The magic of specific weight sessions lies in their ability to stimulate bone remodeling – a natural process where old bone tissue is replaced by new, stronger tissue. Guided by your current ability and with consistent effort and proper guidance, you’re working towards building bone density. It’s important to note that results may take time, but the journey toward stronger bones is undoubtedly worth the investment.
The bone remodeling cycle takes approximately 4 months, so the time lag between that happening and improvement on a bone density scan takes about 6 months. To achieve your best results, it is recommended that you maintain your exercise program for a minimum of 6-12 months. A great investment to increase your bone density and change your life.
Gym Classes For Bone Health
Enter our own Turramurra Clinic Gym, where a dedicated exercise physiologist is ready to guide you through a series of classes designed to bolster your bone health. Our experts understand the delicate balance between pushing your body to improve bone density and avoiding exercises that could lead to fractures.
The new curated routines are recommended to incorporate resistance training and impact training that target key areas prone to osteoporotic fractures. By participating in these classes, you’re not just lifting weights; you’re lifting your quality of life, independence and functional health for strength and balance.
Transform Your Bone Health With an Exercise Physiologist
In the face of daunting osteoporotic challenges, the potential to revamp your bone health is well within your grasp. Exercise plays a pivotal role in treating osteoporosis. Strength classes, with the help of our qualified exercise physiologist, further provide a secure, expert-led route to amplify bone density and elevate your life quality.
Are you ready to advance your osteoporosis treatment?
Contact us today at Turramurra Physiotherapy about our Osteoporosis Treatment and Prevention Classes and unite Exercise Physiology and physiotherapy for stronger and healthier bones.