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 Exercise and Osteoporosis

Exercise and Osteoporosis

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Osteoporosis is a weakening of bones that happens in both men and women but is particularly prevalent in post-menopausal women. It is estimated that women will lose 1% of bone mineral density every year after menopause. 

Osteoporosis is not typically painful until compression fractures begin to appear, usually associated with a stooping (kyphotic) posture. The most significant concern with osteoporosis is the increased risk of hip fracture. These types of fractures in a person over the age of 65 years are very serious and full recovery is rare. 

One way you can help maintain your bone strength is through weight bearing exercise. As a 2009 study shows, it is the greatest effect on increasing bone density.1 

The challenge is that many people find high impact exercise too much, especially if they also experience arthritic pain or other spinal related problems. This group of patients ten to find gentler weight bearing exercise such as walking and Tai Chi easier on their body, though this will be less effective in building bone strength. 

If you do have osteoporosis, it is important to discuss with your chiropractor what form of exercise is likely to work best for you – both for your osteoporosis and your general wellbeing. 

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