Don’t take a break – Bone up on Osteoporosis Day

Today. 20th October is International Osteoporosis Day.  

We love being able to play our part in developing awareness of Osteoporosis, and are privileged to work regularly with the Osteoporosis population in managing the effects of Osteoporosis.  The widely adaptable scope of Pilates allows for modifications of the program to apply gentle exercises to strengthen and align bones and muscles into optimal function.

Below are some quick Osteoporisis FAQ’s to identify if you are at risk of developing osteoporosis.  If you or anyone you know could fit into this category, you may be able to benefit from Pilates at Balance & Control Pilates.  Let us know via the contact page.

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Are you at risk of developing osteoporosis?

What are risk factors for osteoporosis?

  • A history of fractures
  • Loss of height in the last decade
  • Early menopause in women
  • Low testosterone in men
  • Gut absorption problems
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Long-term steroid use
  • A very low body mass

Who should be screened by their GP?

  • Any woman over age 65
  • Any man over 70

What can you do about prevention and therapy for bone thinning?

  • Calcium and Vit D supplements
  • Walking at least 30 minutes daily
  • Resistance Exercise at least 3times each week for 30 mins
  • Stop/ Reduce alcohol and smoking
  • Reduce carbonated beverages
  • Reduce salt intake

How does Pilates help?

  • Pilates uses body weight and springs for resistance exercise.
  • Pilates helps you improve your
  • posture, balance and co-ordination, muscle strength, and bone density.
  • Research has established that variety of exercise is important for bone density.

 

Further information is available at

www.osteoporosis.org.au

www.worldosteoporosisday.org

 

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