People with osteoporosis live with the constant vulnerability of brittle, fragile bones. Bone mass is lost faster than it is replaced in osteoporosis. It means your bones can break easily, such as from a fall, a bad fit of coughing or an otherwise minor mishap. Although there is no cure for this health condition, our experienced team of physicians and healthcare providers offer a proprietary strengthening program that fortifies bones and increases bone mass.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease. It cuts across gender, sex, race, class and other factors, but white and Asian women past menopause are at the greatest risk. Bones become more porous. Fractures are just about inevitable with this condition. Oftentimes it is the wrists, spine or hips that break.
Osteoporosis tends not to cause symptoms in early stages. As time goes on and the bone loss progresses, you may experience one or more of the following:
- Back pain
- A reduction in body height
- Stooped or hunched over stature
- Bones that fracture easily
Studies and anecdotal evidence have shown that high intensity exercise increases bone mass and may strengthen weak bones.
Treatment of Osteoporosis with TruWell's Strengthening Program
High intensity resistance exercise has been shown, unequivocally, to predictably increase bone mass, even in aging populations. There is a wide variety of strengthening programs targeted at osteoporosis, so how do you choose which one is right for you?
At TruWell Health, our bone strengthening program emphasizes the "eccentric" lowering of weights, instead of "concentric" raising of weights. This program is ideal for all ages and is also highly beneficial to older adults because of the eccentric weight bearing. Think of a bicep curl: Concentric strengthening occurs as you lift the weight and your muscles shorten. Eccentric strengthening occurs as you lower the weight and elongate the muscle. Here's how that's relevant to older adults: The exertion and cardiovascular demands of high intensity resistance training can be tough on the health and bodies of many senior citizens. Our strengthening program emphasizes eccentric lowering of weights, which provides the same mechanical stimulus to the bones and tendons as concentric raising of weights, but at a fraction of the metabolic cost. It is an ideal resistance form to stimulate bone density if you are an older adult. And it's great for younger patients as well.
A Program Designed to Increase Your Ability to Get Active
Strength training and physical activity is an important way to support bone health. But if you're experiencing osteoporosis, activity can be painful and hazardous. The strengthening program at TruWell Health is the answer to re-entering the active lifestyle you need and deserve.
Our elegant, comfortable office is located in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. Our experienced staff is happy to tell you more about us, and to answer any questions you have about osteoporosis treatment and strength training. Please call us today at 727-440-5410.