Physical activity benefits everyone. Period. For those who experience certain health conditions like osteoporosis, physical activity makes even more sense to counteract its impact on daily life. Moriarty Chiropractic takes care of osteoporotic patients who fear that they may harm themselves if they exercise or do too much. Our Nashua chiropractic patients who have osteoporosis are encouraged to be physically active to decrease that fear and enhance their quality of life.
WOMEN WITH OSTEOPOROSIS AND VERTEBRAL FRACTURES: Improved Function
Quality of life is crucial! Post-menopausal women with osteoporotic vertebral fractures who took part in a 1 hour group exercise session two times a week for 6 months showed significant improvement in functional capacity tests – indicating that they were able to function and get around better - and a decreased risk and fear of falls. (1) That is a big deal! The occurrence of osteoporotic fractures is more than 40% which often culminate in reduced quality of life, increased risk of mortality after the fracture, higher economic demand, depression, loss of independence as well as pain. (2) It’s no wonder that our Nashua osteoporotic patients fear falling! Falling is risky due to the potential damage it can wreak on bones and the rest of the body which is especially not good for an osteoporotic with weakened bones! And fear of falling prevents one from fully enjoying life. Exercising or performing physical activities that you can easily perform is key!
PARTICIPATION AND OUTCOME OF EXERCISE IN OSTEOPOROTIC PATIENTS
Moriarty Chiropractic is well aware that not every patient follows through on our exercise recommendation. No shame or guilt from us! It’s human nature. We would like to see our Nashua osteoporosis patients increase their activity level in some way as we know it will have a beneficial effect. In a review of 20 published studies (1824 patients), exercise significantly improved lumbar spine and femoral neck bone mineral density and alleviated pain for primary osteoporosis patients. (3) Another study that is on-going is testing how a 24-weeks-of-a-individualized exercise routine of aerobic and strength training exercises might expectantly positively impact muscle strength, balance, and bone mineral density as well as pain. (4) With you, Moriarty Chiropractic will find the right mix of activities to raise your desire to take part in some physical activity exercise!
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Osteoporotic patients must know that physical activity and exercise benefits them physically and mentally, enhancing their quality of life. Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kevin Moriarty on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he details treatment of a compression fracture of bone following The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Then, schedule your Nashua chiropractic appointment soon! We are honored to be your healthcare partner as you handle osteoporosis.