Healthy Bone program
For those who have had limb replacement, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis or a musculoskeletal injury. Carefully structured protocol based exercise and lifestyle education that restores function and improves your quality of life.
Exercise plays an important role in building and maintaining bone strength. Like muscles, they respond when they are stressed. ie, strengthened during weight bearing or impact activities.
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Exercise is very important for all of us, but especially for those with osteoporosis who are at risk of a broken bone (fracture). A sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, poor balance and weak muscles increase the risk of fractures. An exercise program for people with osteoporosis will target posture, balance, gait, co-ordination and hip and trunk stabilisation as well as aerobic fitness. It will avoid those not suitable as they can exert force on a relatively weak bone and cause further problems.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and other treatments may slow progression of the disease and help improve pain and joint function. While you may worry that exercising with osteoarthritis could harm your joints and cause more pain, research shows that people can and should exercise when they have osteoarthritis. Exercise is considered the most effective non-drug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement in osteoarthritis.
During the post-operative phase of recovery from joint replacement surgery, you will be guided by health professionals as to the types of activity and movement you should perform initially. Following this, it is advisable to join a program to improve general fitness, strength and functional ability using corrective exercises that will not endanger your replacement joint.