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Reducing Fall Risk Factors in Women with Osteoporosis

Throwback Thursday! Older women with osteoporosis are at a higher risk of fracture resulting from a fall due to their decreased bone mineral density (BMD). While osteoporosis itself may not contribute to falls, other factors such as poor balance, reduced strength, and even poor posture can increase the risk for falls. Various exercise programs with TheraBand […]

Exercise compliments drug therapy for osteoporosis

Older women with osteoporosis are at a higher risk of fracture resulting from a fall due to their decreased bone mineral density (BMD). While osteoporosis drugs may help increase BMD, simply improving bone mineral density may not reduce the incidence of falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fall risk can be reduced by […]

Bone mineral density and function improve after exercise in osteoporosis patients

Osteoporosis, the loss of bone mineral density, occurs in 55% of Americans over the age of 50. It’s associated with increased risk of fracture after a fall. Weight-bearing exercises are often effective at reducing the rate of bone loss, but rarely increases bone density in osteoporotic women. Researchers in Italy investigated the effects of a […]

Thera-Band exercise reduces falls and improves quality of life in women with osteoporosis

Persons with osteoporosis are at higher risk of fracture after a fall. It’s well-known that exercise is an important aspect of managing osteoporosis, yet there are few studies evaluating the effects of balance exercises on actually preventing falls in women with osteoporosis. The Academy Blog recently featured a study showing that elastic resistance training can […]

Osteoporosis exercise program with elastic resistance can reduce fall risk factors

Osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans and is characterized by low bone density. Persons with low bone density are at higher risk of fractures after a fall. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends balance training as part of an exercise program for persons with osteoporosis. Researchers in Brazil evaluated the effectiveness of an eight week exercise program […]

Thera-Band exercises improve strength and quality of life in women with osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is characterized by loss of bone mass and is associated with an increased risk of fracture after falls, particularly in the hip and mid-back. Osteoporotic women are often physically frail as well, leading to disability. Weight-bearing and resistive exercises have been shown to reduce the loss of bone (as measured by bone mineral density). […]

Thera-Band® exercises improve posture and strength in women with excessive kyphosis

NOTE: In the Academy Blog, I like to report on the most current research; however, I periodically come across references from  years ago that are significant contributions to practice; and thus, “blog-worthy.” I’ve come across a few of these recently, so you might see a couple of ‘older’ references…but I’m sure it will be valuable […]

Thera-Band® exercises improve kyphotic posture in women

It’s generally accepted that our posture declines as we age. Researchers at the University of Kansas Department of Physical Therapy examined the natural progression of thoracic kyphosis in healthy women. They found that kyphosis increases in females with age, particularly between 50 and 59 years of age. The researchers then established an exercise program for […]

Thera-Band® exercise helps improve bone density and reduce falls in osteoporosis

It’s been well-established that exercise has numerous health benefits, yet it is only relatively recently that exercise has been shown safe and effective at improving health and quality of life in older adults. Recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American College of Sports Medicine include strengthening exercises for older adults at […]