Let’s Talk About Bone Mineral Density
Osteoporosis is a common condition characterized by decreased bone mineral density which can lead to an increased likelihood of fractures, resulting in hospitalizations and decreased quality of life. According to a 2010 CDC study, more than 10 million adults over the age of 50 had osteoporosis, with women having a higher likelihood (~30% of the population, vs. men at ~16%). Given that osteoporosis increases with age, the lifetime risk of resulting fracture is 50% for women and 20% for men.
Researchers recently took a closer look at the effectiveness of the current clinical practice guidelines and created a new and improved model for treatment. The new research shows that weight-bearing exercises (such as walking, yoga, and tai chi), in combination with resistance training of varying loads, were most effective at increasing bone mineral density in susceptible fracture locations such as the hips and base of the spine. However, these guidelines are not universal and fitness plans and treatments should be customized to each individual by a trained professional.
RVNAhealth is pleased to offer several ongoing and specialty programs aligned to osteoporosis prevention and treatment. Current ongoing offerings include two fitness classes – “Balance & Beyond” and “Strength & Beyond” -- both open to the public with small class sizes designed to provide customized guidance to each individual’s needs.
“Balance & Beyond”, held every Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00-1:00pm at RVNAhealth in Ridgefield, focuses on building muscle, restoring balance, and improving your walk or jog, all while giving your brain a great workout! “Strength & Beyond” is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-2:00pm, also at RVNAhealth. This class is a level up from the Balance & Beyond class and will have you moving through a series of upper and lower body strengthening, functional mobility, balance and cognitive stations.
If you have questions regarding any of the above programs or would like to schedule an appointment with our therapists to create a program specialized to fit your needs, please contact us at 203.438.7862 or rehabcenter@RVNAhealth.org. We hope to see you soon!