Physiotherapy treatments, Orchard Physiotherapy Clinic

Pilates for Osteoporosis

New Pilates Class for 2018

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones lose their strength and are more likely to break, usually following a minor bump or fall.  Fractures (broken bones) that occur because of reduced bone strength are commonly known as fragility fractures.  They are most common in the wrist, hip and spine, although other parts of the body can also be affected.

Bone strength

Bones are at their strongest in our early adult life and their density increases until our late 20s.  Generally we achieve maximum bone density and strength around the age of 30.  Bone density then gradually begins to decline as we age.  For women, bone loss is usually most rapid during the first few years following the menopause.  Exercise, healthy eating and other lifestyle changes can slow the bone loss that usually occurs as we age and may help to reduce the risk of our bones breaking.

Benefits of Exercise for Osteoporosis

Exercise is important in building strong bones when we are young but also throughout our adult life in strengthening our muscles and bones and reducing our risk of a fracture.

Exercise helps in two ways: by directly strengthening bone and by keeping us steady as we age, by helping to reduce the risk of falls.

Weight bearing and resistance exercises are particularly important for improving bone density and helping to prevent osteoporosis. Bone is a living tissue that reacts to increases in loads and forces put upon it by growing stronger.  Movement causes muscles to pull on bones and if this pull is ‘loaded’, the force on the muscles is stronger and the effect on bone is greater. Regular weight bearing exercises in which you are supporting your own body weight through your feet and legs (or hands are arms) and resisted exercises using elastic resistance exercise bands are both examples of types of exercises that help to improve bone strength.

Pilates for Osteoporosis at the Orchard Clinic

Pilates treatment for Osteoporosis

Pilates Classes

At the Orchard Clinic, we are running a new class for clients with a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis.

The class will comprise of weight bearing exercises in standing, postural exercises, balance and co-ordination exercises, upper limb weight bearing exercises and resistance exercises.

Pilates for Osteoporosis Fees

A six week course of weekly 1 hour sessions is £72 for the whole course.

If you are not a current client of Orchard Physiotherapy Clinic we ask you attend an initial Pilates assessment, so we can check your suitability for the Pilates classes and also show you some initial exercises on a one to one basis. This assessment session  is £30 and will take 30 minutes.

If you are interested in Pilates for Osteoporosis and would like further information about classes or individual Pilates sessions, please contact reception on 01727 855414 or via email and leave a message for Becky.