What is Osteoporosis, what can cause it and what can we do about it?
Our therapist Margherita explains:

“Osteoporosis is a condition where bones weaken, leading to increased risk of bone fragility and bone fracture, most often at the hip, spine and wrist.

Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis than men, particularly post-menopause (due to decreasing estrogen levels). Certain health conditions, medications and lifestyle choices may also increase the risk of osteoporosis. These include (and are not limited to) corticosteroid use (e.g. asthma medication), hyper thyroid or parathyroid glands, digestive malabsorption (e.g. Coeliac disease), early menopause, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of vitamin D exposure or Calcium intake, or sedentary lifestyle.

Unfortunately, we cannot necessarily improve bone density once it has been lost. Here are a few suggestions for osteoporosis prevention or management:

  • Approach your doctor with any questions regarding medication, vitamins, or dietary changes to stop further bone loss or to prevent fractures
  • Contact a physiotherapist to provide education and exercise options to facilitate self-management of your condition. A physiotherapist can assist you with improving your posture and reducing chance of deformity, to reduce or control pain levels, and to optimize general function.
  • Exercise! Certain forms of exercise will improve bone health, reduce your risk of falls, and prevent fractures. Not to mention improving your overall fitness and energy levels!
    • Weight bearing exercise
      • Walking (Nordic walking poles), jogging, aerobics, dancing, tennis, tai chi, golf, activities requiring balance/agility
  • Resistance exercise
    • Lifting weights with arms or legs, cycling or swimming, include hills as part of your walking route
  • Avoid high impact activities
  • Planning your exercise program: Discuss with your doctor or physiotherapist the best form of exercise to meet your individual needs

Please feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.”