I’ve just signed up for the Osteoporosis and Pilates workshop with Diane Nye at Platinum Pilates. I am so excited about attending this work shop as it will build on current knowledge and experience of working with people who suffer from osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures.
So what do we know already?
Osteoporosis is a common systemic disease. It is estimated that 200 million people worldwide suffer from osteoporosis and approximately 30% of all postmenopausal women suffer from it.
Osteoporosis is a disease where your bone density is reduced. This means an increased risk of developing fractures (break in your bone). Studies have shown that 40 % of post-menopausal women suffering from osteoporosis will develop a fracture at some stage in their lifetime. Healthcare and fitness professionals have a surprising number of clients who have suffered from fractures of their hips, wrist and the spine.
Those who suffer from osteoporosis can be at a greater risk for osteoporotic spinal fractures. This can occur very easily, from a simple fall or by bending down to pick up something from the ground. The prevalence of spinal vertebral body osteoporotic fractures in post-menopausal women varies between:
• 20% in women aged 50-59 years and
• 82% in women over 80 years.
It has also been shown that if you have a history of a vertebral fracture you are at a higher risk of developing a hip and wrist fracture.
How can Exercise and Pilates help you prevent and manage osteoporosis and fractures associated with the disease?
Being inactive for prolonged periods of time can contribute to osteoporosis. Inactivity causes unloading your bones which can lead to further reduction in bone mass. By being physically active you can manage osteoporosis by improving bone health, balance, strength, mobility and quality of life.
Pilates is great as classes include a mixture of weight bearing, resistance and aerobic exercises. Evidence has shown that these exercises help to stimulate bone growth and preserve bone mass.
Also, another important part of Osteoporosis management is the prevention of falls. Falls prevention is very important as around 30% of over 65’s fall every year.
Pilates focuses on core control and balance which can help reduce your risk of falling. Increasing balance will also help improve your mobility, strength, quality of life and reduce fear of falling.
I look forward to giving you an updated blog after the course!!
PS. If you are interested in taking the course with me, you can book here and join in on the fun.