Osteoporosis is a disease that slowly, quietly weakens bones, often going undiagnosed – even when it breaks them. Osteoporosis is caused by low bone mass and the weakening of bone, which can lead to increased risk of fracture.
While Osteoporosis can affect people at almost any age, it is most common among 50 years of age or older.
Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 28 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are women. One out of every two women, and one in eight men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime
- Fragility fractures represent 80% of all fractures in menopausal women over the age of 50
- Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined
People living with osteoporosis face a reduced quality of life, lowered self-esteem, reduction or loss of mobility, disfigurement, a lack of independence and in some cases, death – 28% of women and 37% of men who suffer a hip fracture will die within the following year.
Can Exercise Reverse Osteoporosis?
The good news is that bone is a living tissue. Just like a muscle, the bone can be strengthened. In many situations, stronger bones can slow and even reverse the effects of osteoporosis. Exercise helps to teach proper movement and weight-bearing exercises for strengthening the bones and the surrounding muscle.
The muscles that attach along the spine are small muscles, which make up the core that supports the spine. When these small muscles are strengthened through targeted exercise, the result is increased mass and stability to support the spine.
Exercise & Pilates can also help by creating body awareness. It is also important to learn how to avoid contraindicated movements that can cause injury, such as flexion (roll downs and forward bend), side bending and rotation.
Clients diagnosed with osteoporosis often have a fear of falling and fracturing a bone. Exercise helps to create alignment of the joints and increase the body’s balance. A balanced body will help a person walk more efficiently and avoid falling.