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Exercise is Benefitial for Bone Health

Bone health is important to prevent osteoporosis, a degenerative disease of the bones. Exercise is not only good for your bones, but exercise strengthens the muscles around the bones, to keep the bones protected. Exercise also helps with obesity, which can also help benefit bone health. How else does exercise effect bone health?

Osteoporosis:

Osteoporosis is a metabolic disorder characterized by the loss of bone mass and density. Patients effected with osteoporosis lose calcium and phosphate salts from their bones. Osteoporosis can become so severe that even a sneeze or sudden movement can be enough to cause a break in a bone. The key to treating osteoporosis is prevention by exercise.

Type of exercise:

Exercise is the key to preventing osteoporosis. Weight bearing, resistant and balance exercises are the three main exercises that can help prevent and even reverse osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercise can greatly benefit women by preventing osteopenia (thinning of the bones) and osteoporosis (porous bones).

Exercises like cycling, walking and water aerobics are highly recommended for people with osteoporosis and arthritis. Although exercise can not reverse or cure these conditions, it can help slow the progression and help the symptoms of pain and stiffness.

Exercise also causes weight loss, which will decrease the amount of weight put on the bones. This will help keep the bones stronger and able to carry your body weight, especially if you are losing body weight through exercise.

Treatment:

Regular exercise is important in the treatment and prevention of bone diseases like osteoporosis. Exercise can increase your muscle strength, improve your balance, relieve and decrease pain and improve depressive states. Exercise can also help the kyphosis (hunchback) that is associated with osteoporosis by strengthening the back and leg muscles.

Physical therapy teaches you how to do certain exercises that will help your bones become stronger and less brittle. A physical therapist will work directly with you to make sure you can do the exercises recommended for bone health.

Prevention:

Exercise is important for keeping the bones strong. It’s all about prevention. Treatment of osteoporosis is aimed at preventing fractures and controlling pain through physical therapy. Physical therapy focuses on teaching the patient with osteoporosis weight bearing and resistant exercises to strengthen their bones and muscles.

The key is prevention when it comes to osteoporosis, because once you get osteoporosis there is no cure. Regular exercise is important in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.

Before starting any exercise program, see you doctor to make sure you are healthy enough for exercise.

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