Pilates For Bone Health!
It is never too early or too late to look after your bones...
It has been scientifically proven that being physically active can help your bones to become stronger and denser. Strengthening supporting muscles, improving posture and balance work are also key factors to good bone health... all the things we learn in class!
Over the last few years I noticed upon initial consultation that a surprising amount of clients were suffering from Osteopena (the stage before osteoporosis when a scan will show you have a lower bone density for your age) and Osteoporosis ( a decrease in bone density that leads to fractures).
This lead me to partake in a speciality course to enable me to teach safe and effective exercises for those suffering from osteoporosis and osteopenia.
It is so important that those with the diagnosis of osteoporosis are not afraid to keep moving and it is my job to help them by teaching them how to move safely.
Studies by Sinaki and Mikkleson in 1984 found that there may be an increased risk of fractures to those who are carrying out ´spinal flexion´ exercises, of which in the classical pilates repertoire there are many. Thankfully through my training I have learnt how to adapt / offer alternative exercises that can be used in class and offered as alternatives with so so many positive benefits to; improve posture, joint mobility, muscle strength and flexibility and much more!