How can exercise help with Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced, leading to weakness of the skeleton and increased risk of fracture. Osteopenia is the beginning stages of osteoporosis. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will have fractures from osteoporosis. Even at the age of 40, bones slowly begin to get weaker and thinner.

One of the best ways to build and maintain healthy bones is through exercise. International Osteoporosis Foundation

Exercise is important for people managing osteoporosis to help:

  • Maintain bone density

  • Slow the rate of bone loss

  • Help prevent falls

There are two main types of exercise people with osteoporosis should do:

  • Weight-bearing exercises (ie. walking, running, jumping)

  • Resistance exercises (ie. lifting weights)

  • Balance training to prevent falls

Why does exercise help Osteoporosis?

Placing more load and strain on the bones through exercise helps stimulate the bone building cells and aids in the formation of new bone.

How can you get started?

Beginning an exercise program with a medical condition can be intimidating and overwhelming. With a medical condition, it is important to consult an exercise specialist that understands what type of exercise is safe and important for you to do. Physiotherapists and Kinesiologists are equipped with the knowledge to help people with chronic medical conditions exercise safely.

Our team will:

  • Teach you how to exercise in a private, studio environment

  • Help you learn how to use exercise to manage your condition

  • Keep you accountable to stick to your program

  • Help you progress exercises safely

    Come into our clinic for a free 30-minute consultation, and learn more about how exercise can help manage osteoporosis.

    1-on-1 Guided Exercise to Manage:

    • Cardiovascular disease

    • High blood pressure

    • Diabetes

    • Obesity

    • Osteoporosis

    • Osteopenia

    • Osteoarthritis

    • Age-related falls

    Exercise is proven to be an effective method to help with the management of many age, or lifestyle-related conditions. Beginning to exercise for the first time, learning to exercise safely or having the knowledge to manage an illness with exercise can be intimidating. At Westcoast SCI Physiotherapy, our goal is to introduce people to exercise in a supportive environment and help teach individuals with the conditions listed above how to use exercise to manage symptoms and improve overall health.

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    Free 30 Minute Consultation with a Kinesiologist

    During your free 30-minute consult, our kinesiology team will meet with you, and provide you with educational resources on why and what type of exercise is important in the management of your condition. The goal is to help you learn how exercise can be beneficial, and the steps to get you started.

    Discounts are available for those who qualify for Medical Services Plan (MSP) Supplementary Benefits

    MSP Supplementary Benefits is financial assistance for families who have filed their taxes and have an adjusted net income of $42,000 or less. Contact us for more information.

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