Physical activity is good for everyone. Period. For those who deal with some health conditions like osteoporosis, physical activity is even more logical to counter its effects on daily life. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic takes care of osteoporotic patients who worry fearfully that they may harm themselves if they exercise or do too much. Our Augusta chiropractic patients who have osteoporosis are urged to be physically active to decrease that fear and improve their quality of life.
WOMEN WITH OSTEOPOROSIS AND VERTEBRAL FRACTURES: Improved Function
Quality of life is crucial! Post-menopausal women with osteoporotic vertebral fractures who joined in a 1 hour group exercise session two times a week for 6 months displayed significant improvement in functional capacity measures – meaning they could function and move around better - and a lowered risk and fear of falls. (1) That is significant! The occurrence of osteoporotic fractures is more than 40% which often result in decreased quality of life, enhanced risk of mortality after the fracture, higher economic demand, depression, loss of independence as well as pain. (2) It’s no wonder that our Augusta osteoporotic patients fear falling! Falling is dangerous due to the potential damage it can wreak on bones and the rest of the body which is especially not good for an osteoporotic with weakened bones! And fear of falling holds one back from fully participating in life. Exercising or performing physical activities that you can easily perform is important!
PARTICIPATION AND OUTCOME OF EXERCISE IN OSTEOPOROTIC PATIENTS
Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is very sensitive to the fact that not every patient follows through on our exercise recommendation. No shame or guilt from us! That’s how we humans are! We would like to see our Augusta osteoporosis patients increase their activity level in some way as we know it will have a positive effect. In a review of 20 published studies (1824 patients), exercise significantly increased lumbar spine and femoral neck bone mineral density and eased pain for primary osteoporosis patients. (3) Another study that is on-going is testing how a 24-weeks-of-a-individualized exercise routine of aerobic and strength training exercises might expectantly positively affect muscle strength, balance, and bone mineral density as well as pain. (4) Together, Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic and you will put together the right mix of activities to boost your desire to take part in some physical activity exercise!
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Osteoporotic patients must know that physical activity and exercise benefits them physically and mentally, improving their quality of life. Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kevin Moriarty on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes treatment of a compression fracture of bone following The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Then, schedule your Augusta chiropractic appointment soon! We are honored to be your healthcare partner as you face osteoporosis.