What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a bone disease. It is a bone disorder characterized by decreased bone strength as a result of reduced quality and quantity. A person with osteoporosis has an increased risk of fracturing a bone easily. It is often called the “silent thief” because it can progress without symptoms.
I Have Been Diagnosed With Osteoporosis, What can I do to Help Myself?
Exercise plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Understanding what exercises are best for you, is important. Some exercises and actives can harm weakened bones and should be avoided. A Registered Physiotherapist can develop a safe exercise program which may assist in building and maintaining healthy bones, increase strength and improve your posture and balance.
How can a Physiotherapist Help?
Osteoporosis Canada had implemented a training program for health and exercise professionals. This program focuses on the most appropriate, safe and effective way to prescribe exercise and monitor people with osteoporosis.
Charlotte Savela Registered Physiotherapist has successfully completed Osteoporosis Canada’s Bonefit (TM) certification.
Is Going to the Gym, Working Out With a Personal Trainer or Attending a Fitness Class as Beneficial as a Program Designed by a Physiotherapist?
Many exercise professionals do not had training specific to osteoporosis and may prescribe exercises that are contraindicated. Examples of some exercises that a person with osteoporosis should avoid in the gym are, abdominal crunches, seated rowing machine and knee to chest stretches. These are just a few of the contraindicated exercises commonly prescribed by fitness trainers.
Yoga positions such as the Plow, Pigeon Pose and Traditional Childs Pose are also contraindicated for osteoporosis clients.
Do I Have to be Diagnosed With Osteoporosis to Participate in the Exercise Program?
No the exercise program focuses on posture and core exercises which are known to prevent other orthopedic problems such as lower back and shoulder pain.
How Does the Osteoporosis Exercise Therapy Work at Accelerated Physio?
Your first appointment will be an initial assessment with a Registered Physiotherapist. The Physiotherapist will then develop a exercise program based on your personal limitations and goals.