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August 09, 2016

Jump. Hop. Skip. Swim. Resistance exercise. Yoga. These are just a few of the options available to women with osteoporosis. What is best? That depends on a few factors that Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers helps its Baton Rouge chiropractic patients with osteoporosis figure out. And why exercise? Physical exercise helps damaged cartilage tissue recover in the presence of osteoporosis. (1) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers cares for osteoporosis and its related spine pain issues and back pain conditions, and gives some control of osteoporosis back to its female Baton Rouge osteoporotic patients, right where it should be.

The general rule about exercise is for everyone to exercise and keep physically active in order to build as much bone mass as possible as well as keep that level of bone mass as high as possible to prevent bone loss when we get older. But who is at most risk of bone loss? Girls and women. So what exercise or activity level would be most appropriate for Baton Rouge ladies of all ages to do? That depends, and their bone mass depends on their exercise.

What’s appropriate for the older woman with osteoporosis? Weight bearing exercise may not be comfortable or possible. Yoga may do the trick though. A 12-minute session every day reportedly reverses osteoporotic bone loss. (2) That’s appealing! Swimming is another good non-weight-bearing exercise shown to improve bone mass, strength and bone structure in osteoporotic patients who don’t do well with weight-bearing exercises.  (3) Again, do what you can do considering your age and ability. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers knows it will help!

What’s best for pre- and post-menopausal women to build and protect bone mass and prevent its loss? Combined exercise – impact and resistance training – is the best choice to preserve and improve bone mineral density in pre- and post-menopausal women.  And whole body vibration, a much talked about approach lately, is of no benefit for postmenopausal or elderly women(4) Another article just came out about vibration, too, stating that vibration actually may damage the disc and bring on low back pain. (5) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers will encourage Baton Rouge chiropractic female patients to move as appropriate for their age and keep their daughters and mothers and grandmothers moving, too!

What about the younger girls, the daughters? Remember that osteoporosis is not a disease of older women. Its start is in youth when bone mass is being built. Young girls just need to be active and have fun. They can enjoy exercise to boost their peak bone mass with plyometrics. What is that?! It’s the high-impact jumps and hops and playing they do in gym class. (4) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers encourages all our Baton Rouge families to exercise together. Have fun. Enjoy the outdoors and exercise together!

Lifelong activity that is appropriate for the age is best for women with osteoporosis. Contact Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers about just what is appropriate for you in your current stage of life. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is by your side as your Baton Rouge chiropractic healthcare advisor for all the phases of life you enjoy!