Power Plate and Osteoporosis: Winning the battle over bone loss!

By · Thursday, September 16th, 2010

These days everyone knows someone in the family that has Osteoporosis, or even worse someone that has it and has fallen and suffered a fracture. It is common and can even be fatal, especially in the elderly.

“Among women over 50, 1 in every 2 who walk into an exercise class has low bone density and is at risk for fracture (NOF).” Symptoms can include: loss of height, mid-back or neck pain, arms looking longer, pants fitting too long, spinal deformities such as a stooped posture, and waistline pain.

“If you have osteoporosis, you might mistakenly think exercise will lead to fracture. In fact, though, using your muscles helps protect your bones.” (MFMER)

The simple truth for us as humans is “if we don’t use it we lose it”, and physical activity especially weight bearing and resistance exercise are a big part of the prevention process. Putting stress on the bones through exercise cause the bones to grow more bone and thus become stronger. Magic? Not really, but science can be magical, and Power Plate has Accelerated the prevention process for us. Conventional training can be time consuming, painful, and down right exhausting to fit into a busy day. Using the natural forces of gravity the Power Plate will involuntarily contract the muscles throughout the body between 30-50 times per second, dynamicly accelerating the work being done, in 20 min or less 3 time per week.

“Power-Plate training leads to a significant (1.5%) increase in hip area bone density, also muscle strength and postural control increases in postmenopausal women.” (JBMR)

I see first hand these amazing results every day and you can too. Got 20 minutes? You’ve got nothing to lose and only bone density to gain!

Chris Riordan CPT/Acceleration Specialist

Special Thanks to Staci Riordan for her help with this blog

References

National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) fast facts

www.nof.org/osteporosis/diseasefacts.htm

Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR) (vol.19 (3), 2004)

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER)

 

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