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Understanding Bone Health and Osteoporosis

Bone is a living tissue which continuously regenerates itself in process known as remodeling. Bone formation is greater than bone resolution (breakdown) during youth and adolescence allowing us to build maximum bone density. Estrogen is one of the major preservers of bone tissue, keeping our bone breakdown in check through the middle years. Menopausal and post menopausal women experience the loss of bone tissue partially due to the loss of estrogen. This puts them at a greater risk for osteoporosis. Specific activities like Pilates for Osteoporosis can improve bone density. Building strong bones is possible and fortunately Osteoporosis is preventable if measures are taken early. These measures include diet, lifestyle and exercise.

Exercise is often recommended but not in a specific manner.

Pilates is great for building bone if done correctly and the following components are used; impact, changes in direction and tempo, force. 

Understanding what movements are not good for people with Osteoporosis is also imperative.

Why skeletal alignment is important for bone strength; 

  1. Improves force transmission through the bones.
  2. Reduces chance of falling.
  3. Reduces chance of spinal fractures. 

Bones are regenerated and strengthen through forces acting on them when you are weight-bearing, doing resistance exercise, and impact activities. In our Pilates for Strong Core &Strong Bones classes we incorporate these activities. Core strength and balance are foundations of Pilates. 

“Fifty percent of women and 12 percent of men will suffer a osteoporosis-related break after reaching the age of 50”

(Quote from OsteoPilates by Karena Thek Lineback)

Written by: Peggy Normandin Owner Body Dynamics Pilates Studio Cumberland RI.

Please see our class schedule for the times of our Strong Core/Strong Bones classes.