Few realize that our bone density is linked to our activity level. Just like muscles, if you don’t use your bones they will become thinner and weaker over time. When you do put pressure on your bones, they become stronger. Your bones’ ability to adapt under pressure can reduce your risk for bone damage. The first step to better bone health is knowing what kind of exercises will help strengthen your bones, and which will hurt.
OsteoCircut is a specially designed exercise program for those with osteoporosis and its precursor, osteopenia. In research conducted by the Physiotherapy Department at the University of Toronto, OsteoCircuit was found to positively effect several of the risk factors that lead patients to develop fractures —reducing a patient’s overall fracture risk. This study caused researchers to suggest expanding the OsteoCircuit program to more clinics and communities.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis means “porous bones.” The disease changes the architecture of your bones, across your whole skeleton. As a result, your bones weaken and become liable to fracture especially in the neck, wrist, and hip. Those with osteoporosis often suffer fractures, even without falling, in situations where other people would not.
Fractures in those with osteoporosis can lead to chronic pain, a reduction of mobility, and can sometimes increase the odds of death. Add to this the fact that recovering from bone injuries is more difficult for those with already weakened bone density and you can see why osteoporosis is so serious.
There are no outward symptoms of osteoporosis until you develop a fracture in a bone that otherwise should not have been damaged, so the condition is often overlooked. If you’ve suffered unusual damage from a fall or stumble, your doctor might perform a Bone Mineral Density Test. This test reveals how much your bone density has changed since your youth. While some bone density loss is normal, a significant loss is a sign of trouble.
While older women are more likely to develop osteoporosis, even young men can develop the condition, as many other conditions, medications, and lifestyle choices impact your bones.
What is Osteopenia?
Osteopenia is the pre-cursor to osteoporosis. Those with osteopenia have weakened bone density, which may or may not develop into osteoporosis. Yet, even those with osteopenia are at risk for bone fractures.
What to Expect from the OsteoCircuit Program
The OsteoCircuit program will physically challenge you and reduce your risk of fractures, but it’s still meant to be fun! Guided by a physiotherapist and led by your Osteo-circuit trained Physiotherapist/physiotherapist assistant, you’ll perform specifically-designed exercises that will help you feel stronger, well-balanced, and in control of your condition.
Our OsteoCircuit program will improve your:
- Spine alignment and posture
- Core and spinal strength
- Arm and leg strength
- Flexibility and balance
Throughout the OsteoCircuit program your physiotherapist will provide you with information on other ways to improve your health and manage your osteoporosis or osteopenia. This includes proper body mechanics, exercises to practice at home, and discussion of critical nutrients such as vitamin D and calcium.
The team at Meadowlands Physiotherapy are certified in OsteoCircuit and we offer it as a group exercise program or as private sessions. Contact us to learn more about better bone health.