The role of exercise for Good Bone Health is to:
1) Maximise Bone Mineral Density (BMD) in the first three decades
2) Minimise age-related decline in BMD
3) Prevent/reduce falls and fractures in older age
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle. In other words, there is a reduction in bone mineral density, leading to a higher risk of fractures than in normal bone. Due to its worldwide prevalence, Osteoporosis has been labelled a ‘serious public health concern’. It is currently estimated that over 200 million people suffer from Osteoporosis worldwide.
Osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures a year, worldwide. Current statistics show that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over 50 will experience an osteoporotic fracture. In addition, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over 60 will experience an osteoporotic fracture. A 10% loss of bone mass in the vertebrae (spinal bone) or the hip can result in a 2 times greater risk of a vertebral fracture and a 2.5 times greater risk of a hip fracture, respectively. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, there will be a 240% increase in women and a 310% increase in men of hip fracture incidences worldwide by 2050!
There is growing evidence for the effectiveness of physiotherapy, exercise, hydrotherapy and Pilates for the prevention of osteoporotic-related fractures. In addition, a study in 2012 found that Pilates exercises significantly reduced pain and significantly improved functional status and quality of life in post menopausal women with Osteoporosis.
Book an appointment with one of our highly trained Bend + Mend Physiotherapists in Sydney’s CBD today for more information on how Pilates could help your Osteoporosis.