At BodyBalance Physiotherapy, we really do encourage the whole population to be active, especially the geriatric population. In February this year, I decided to set up a ‘Healthy Bones’ class. But why bother? Let’s talk numbers…
These facts and figures are the reason why I wanted to establish a safe bone strengthening class for the community. OP is a huge disease that is affecting the geriatric population massively. Bone frailty leads to an increased risk for fractures.
Osteopenia = low bone mass
Osteoporosis = low bone mass and quality (density)
Bone tissue is constantly being absorbed and produced (replaced). Bone mass reduces when the rate of absorption increases and the rate of production decreases – a naturally occurring event when we get older (over the age of 20). We can help with this progression – BONE PRODUCES IN RESPONSE TO THE LOAD APPLIED TO IT. So, I developed an exercise class where the exercises involved will help to produce bone – if this happens, it can improve bone density and slow its progression.
The exercise class I deliver involves, as recommended by research:
All of the classes are closely observed by myself and exercises are personalised to suit your functional ability and goals. The exercises are completed in sitting, standing, using a step or using the wall. You won’t have to worry about getting onto/off of the floor. The primary aim of these classes is to reduce the risk of fall, fracture and improve your bone health and function – overall improving your quality of life.
Other Adjuncts for treating OP:
Most common medication for managing OP are Biphosphonates; for example:
If you unfortunately manage to sustain a fracture while on these tablets, you may need a more aggressive bone-building medication such as RANKL Inhibitors (Prolia) or Parathyroid Hormone (Forteo).
Below is a list of risk factors for developing OP. If you tick more than 4, definitely give us a call and try out our bone strengthening class. Our number is 046 9002982 or email email@example.com