WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?
Osteoporosis is a relatively common disease in Australia, affecting over 1 million people. The condition results in bone becoming brittle which leads to a higher risk of breaks than in normal bone. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, causing a loss of bone thickness (bone density).
As osteoporosis progresses, the bones become thinner and even small bumps, knocks and falls can result in a bone break (fracture). Fractures in the spine due to osteoporosis can result in height loss or changes in posture. Osteoporosis usually has very few symptoms until a fracture occurs, making early diagnosis difficult.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT? EXERCISE!!
Extensive research has shown that regular physical activity plays a vital role in maintaining and improving bone density. Exercise also increases the size, strength and capacity of our muscles which in turn improves posture and supports the skeleton.
Evidence shows that:
It is important to note that certain exercises like swimming and cycling may be good for general health but have little benefit to bone health.
Freshwater Physio can help provide you with exercise advice should you be at all concerned about Osteoporosis…or better still, join our physio-led Pilates classes which incorporate progressive resistance and weight bearing exercise in one class!
Not sure what Pilates is? Pop in and speak to one of our experienced staff for more information and come try a class out!