Pilates for Osteoporosis

World Health Organization (WHO) defined osteoporosis as a disease in 1984 .
Definition: ‘ A skeletal condition characterised by compromised bone strength , predisposing one to an increased risk of fracture ‘

This degenerative disease reduces bone density, resulting in brittle bones. Sufferers do not always feel pain; sometimes their first indication that something is wrong is a fractured or broken bone. Osteoporosis is becoming more and more common in society. One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will be affected in the UK. It also affects younger people too.
Osteopenia is a condition resulting in low bone mass (about 10% to 20%) which can result in osteoporosis if left untreated. We can’t stop the ageing process but we can with the right intervention improve our bone health. The approach should be a combination of nutrition and the appropriate exercise regime. This condition is very close to my heart as I have several family members who suffer from this debilitating disease and I need to keep it at bay as genetics is one of the risk factors. Pilates mat exercises do not  target the key sites for fracture and, unless they are modified, are unsuitable for this condition.

To be effective a programme needs to focus on bone building and strengthening. My Osteopilates programme does this.

Benefits I am seeing with my Osteoporotic clients

  • Improved spinal alignment.
  • Improved balance.
  • Improved bone density.
  • Improved leg strength.
  • Improved mobility.
  • Reduced fall risk.

Strong women stay healthy vibrant and young!

What is Osteoporosis

Heavy resistance training is safe and improves bone function and stature in postmenopausal women with low to very low bone mass: novel early findings from the LIFTMOR trial.

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My sole intention at Pilates on Tay is to provide clients with exceptional levels of physical fitness/ health and to provide appropriate exercise at each stage of their lives in a calm relaxed environment.

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