Exercises for Osteoporosis Use Weight to Strengthen the Bones
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Exercises for Osteoporosis -
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Exercises for osteoporosis need to include a stressor to the bones which will - like a muscle that is stressed - react by growing stronger.

Osteoporosis is the medical term used to describe holy bones. Osteo = bone, porosis = contains pores. All human bones contain holes, so osteoporosis is a relative term usually meaning more and bigger holes or pores than is desirable. Actually, osteoporosis is the decalcification of bones to the point of them becoming weaker and more easily broken. The condition is found most commonly in senior citizens, those who are bedridden, those of thin stature and, most interestingly, in astronauts who spend longer times in weightless conditions.

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Exercises for osteoporosis prevention work because bones have the ability to become stronger under stress. Gravity is the natural opposition (the good kind of stress) that makes live things strong. In the case of astronauts in weightless conditions, there is no gravity to stress the bones. All exercise involves the principle of applying a force against gravity, in some form. Even swimming does since it is the force of gravity pulling down on water that makes it dense enough to provide resistance to movement. If you simply push one hand against another you are effectively using one muscle group to simulate gravity and provide resistance to the other.

Exercises for osteoporosis when it is already present
Natural treatment for osteoporosis when it is already developed needs to take into account the weakened condition of the bones. Under healthy conditions, most forms of exercise will strengthen the bones, but when osteoporosis is already progressed, it is best to exercise without trauma and impact on the weight bearing joints. "Exercise can be helpful in building and maintaining strong bones. Exercise that forces you to work against gravity - so called weight bearing exercises such as walking or jogging (and rebounding) are beneficial ... If you are at risk for osteoporosis, your doctor will most likely include exercise as part of your overall treatment program." 1

"The minitrampoline (rebounder) provides a convenient form of exercise with a major advantage being its apparent low level of trauma to the musculoskeletal system." 2

"If you have osteoporosis, you might be wondering if you should exercise at all. The answer, for most people, is yes. You should speak with your doctor or ask for a referral to a specialist in physical medicine to learn what type of exercises you can do safely, not only to preserve bone, but also to strengthen your back and hips and maintain flexibility. Your doctor will be able to help you design an appropriate exercise regimen. Keep in mind, however, that exercise alone cannot prevent or cure osteoporosis." 3

Exercises for osteoporosis along with good nutrition and medication, are important for good osteoporosis control, but exercise has value only if it's done regularly. Rebounding can be done everyday at a moment's notice.

Rebound Exercise has been known to:

  1. Strengthen muscles, tendons and ligaments
  2. Help bones become mineralized, dense and strong
  3. Help develop balance and coordination
  4. Maintain Homeostasis
  5. Improve the flow of blood through the small blood vessels of the bones
  6. Increase the heart's pumping power
  7. Increase lymphatic system circulation
  8. Improve efficiency of the immune system
  9. Helps people look better and feel better
  10. Help give a sense of control of overall health.

1 National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1150 17th Street, Suite 500, NW, Washington D.C. 20036
2 Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 1990: 10; 401-408
3 National Osteoporosis Foundation www.nof.org

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