Strength Training for Osteoporosis

Strength Training for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. Because bone loss is gradual and painless, there are usually no symptoms to indicate a person is developing osteoporosis. This is why osteoporosis is often referred to as the silent disease.

Risk Factors: Age; Your bone density peaks around age 30. After that, you’ll begin to lose bone mass.  Gender; Women over the age of 50 are the most likely people to develop osteoporosis following menopause. The condition is 4 times more likely in women than men. Family history; If your parents or grandparents have had any sign of osteoporosis, such as a fractured hip after a minor fall, you may be more likely to get it, too 1.

Strength Training: Studies have found that strength exercises can be easily performed by at-risk individuals and may assist in the prevention of osteoporosis, although caution should be exercised among individuals at high risk. In the studies reviewed, strengthening exercises are primarily shown to reduce the loss of bone mass density and increase bone stiffness, demonstrating its ability to act as a barrier to the development of osteoporosis. The need for consistent exercise both prior to the onset of osteoporosis and after the development of the disease is crucial. Exercise may prevent bone mass density levels from decreasing and could help in osteoporosis prevention 2.

Physiotherapy & DBC Naas: established by Mary O’Connor in 1990. Our highly qualified, experienced and trusted Chartered Physiotherapists provide you with world class assessment, treatment and rehabilitation programmes for a range of injuries and conditions such as osteoporosis and osteopenia. With our focus on rapid and positive patient outcomes, the clinic offers immediate treatments. Early and late appointments are available.

If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, meet the risk factors or know someone that could use our highly qualified and experienced staff’s help. Call 045 874133 for an appointment and advice.

References

  1. [Internet]. 2020 [cited 10 March 2020]. Available from: https://www.iofbonehealth.org/osteoporosis
  2. Senderovich H, Kosmopoulos A. An Insight into the Effect of Exercises on the Prevention of Osteoporosis and Associated Fractures in High-risk Individuals. Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal. 2018;9(1):e0005.

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