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Exercise in the Vancouver Chiropractic Treatment Plan for Osteoporosis

Physical activity benefits everyone. Period. For those who have certain health conditions like osteoporosis, physical activity makes even more sense to counter its impact on daily life. Vancouver Disc Centers sees osteoporotic patients who fear that they may harm themselves if they exercise or move too much. Our Vancouver chiropractic patients who have osteoporosis are urged to be physically active to decrease that fear and improve their quality of life.


Quality of life is important! Post-menopausal women with osteoporotic vertebral fractures who participated in a 1 hour group exercise session twice a week for 6 months displayed significant improvement in functional capacity measures – indicating that they were able to function and move around better - and a decreased risk and fear of falls. (1) That is significant! The occurrence of osteoporotic fractures is more than 40% which often result in decreased quality of life, increased risk of mortality after the fracture, greater economic demand, depression, loss of independence as well as pain. (2) It is no wonder that our Vancouver osteoporotic patients fear falling! Falling is dangerous due to the possible 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 comfortably do is important!


Vancouver Disc Centers 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 Vancouver osteoporosis patients increase their activity level in some way as we know it will have a positive effect. In a review of 20 published studies (1824 patients), exercise significantly increased lumbar spine and femoral neck bone mineral density and eased pain for primary osteoporosis patients. (3) Another study that is on-going is evaluating how a 24-weeks-of-a-individualized exercise routine of aerobic and strength training exercises may expectantly positively affect muscle strength, balance, and bone mineral density as well as pain. (4) With you, Vancouver Disc Centers will put together the right mix of activities to boost your desire to take part in some physical activity exercise!

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Osteoporotic patients must know that physical activity and exercise helps 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 describes treatment of a compression fracture of bone following The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Then, schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment soon! We are privileged to be your healthcare partner as you handle osteoporosis.

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