Osteoporosis is a condition in which a gradual demineralisation of the bones leads them to become brittle and fracture more easily.
Bone mineral density decreases after the age of 35 and becomes more rapid in women following the menopause. The incidence of osteoporotic fracture is 1 in 3 women over 50 and 1 in 5 men. The areas most likely to be affected are the wrist, spine and hip.
In order to reduce the likelihood of having an osteoporotic fracture, as well as eating a healthy diet and getting enough vitamin D, starting an exercise programme which includes weight bearing through the bones to strengthen them, challenging our balance reactions to prevent trips and falls, and focusing on strengthening the anti gravity muscles that help us maintain an upright posture can help significantly.
If you think you may be affected why not click here and sign up for our Pilates for Osteoporosis class, or give us a call on 020 8876 5690? This is a class taken by our Physiotherapist and Pilates teacher, Fiona, and it’s specially designed to address all the issues that could lead to an osteoporotic fracture.