Improving Symptoms of Osteoporosis with the Help of Physiotherapy

Jul 13, 2016

Unfortunately, if you’re a woman, you’re at a natural disadvantage when it comes to the development of osteoporosis. Females tend to exhibit a lower bone density than their male counterparts and as they age, they lose bone mass more rapidly. Regardless of your age, it’s never too early to take extra precautionary measures.


Although females can begin losing bone density as early as 20, women over the age of 50 are twice as likely to experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in comparison to men. Throw in factors such as oestrogen and menopause, and you are faced with an increased risk of brittle, fragile bones.


Luckily, women’s health physio in Perth can help. Although you will not be able to significantly increase bone density after the age of approximately 30, physio can most definitely help you strengthen your bones, reducing your risk of fractures. From weight-bearing exercises to improved balance, it’s time to protect your bones — starting today!


Improve Your Quality of Life with Women’s Health Physio in Perth


When it comes to women’s health, physiotherapy can aid a wide range of health-related issues. From pregnancy to healthy aging, physiotherapy is something in which all women should consider at some point in their lives — especially in terms of healthy bones, joints, and muscles.


Whether you’d like to prevent or help treat current symptoms of osteoporosis, it’s important to remember that bone is a living tissue. You would never think that strength exercises would have such a large impact on bones, but they do. When you take part in targeted resistance training, you can essentially improve bone health.


Within one key study, published in the Journal of Family and Community Medicine, 40 elderly osteoporotic patients were separated into two groups — those who practiced weight-bearing exercises and those who did non-weight-bearing exercises.


All patients trained for 45-60 minutes, twice weekly, for six months. Although both groups showed signs of improvement, those who were in the weight-bearing group showed greater improvement regarding bone mass density of the lumbar spine, right neck of femur, and right distal radial head.


When you have a professional instructing you, helping you create an exercise plan that targets your specific needs, you can improve your health. In many ways, you are in control, you just need to take action. That is one of the main benefits of physiotherapy at Best Body — your treatment is individualised.


Are You Currently Living with Osteoporosis


For those who have already developed osteoporosis, physiotherapy can also help in terms of education and pain management. As you improve your range of motion and overall health, you will essentially improve your quality of life. In relation, another study, published in the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, showed the effectiveness of a supervised clinical exercise program.


A total of 134 patients with osteoarthritis — affecting joint cartilage, were either assigned to a clinical treatment group or home exercise group. After four weeks, those who were seeing a physiotherapist improved by 52 percent, in comparison to a 26 percent improvement among the home exercise group. When you’re supervised, you can ensure that you’re able to maximise results.


Although this study focused more so on joint health, the results clearly show the importance of clinical, professional care. While addressing pain levels and overall strength, physiotherapy will also help treat urinary incontinence — something in which osteoporosis patients tend to struggle with.


One study, published in Menopause, found that women who performed 12 weekly sessions of physical therapy, experienced a 75 percent reduction in urine leaks, in comparison to the control group, who unfortunately, did not improve. One year later, the women who participated in physical therapy, still enjoyed a 75 percent reduction in leaks — whereas the other women got worse.


When it comes to pain and overall quality of life, physiotherapy has been shown to improve the lives of osteoporotic patients. Published in Osteoporosis International, postmenopausal women with osteoporosis either took part in 10 weeks of physical therapy training, or no training at all.


Within the training group, they were instructed to improve balance, enhance muscle strength, and support stabilisation of the lumbar spine. At baseline, both groups were comparable — after 10 weeks, then again after 22 weeks, the women who received physiotherapeutic training, reported a higher quality of life, greater muscle strength, and decreased pain. The training group also reduced their reliance on analgesics.


So whether you would like to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis or would like to treat your current symptoms, physiotherapy can most certainly address your needs. Take action today — you may not have control over your condition, but you most certainly have control over your treatment.


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