Osteoporosis is the gradual and silent loss of bone and not a normal aging process. It is defined as a systemic skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue, with a consequent increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to fracture. Osteopenia is mildly reduced bone mass–a loss of approximately 10%-20%–indicating the onset of osteoporosis.

Clients who have their bone mineral density (BMD) tested receive a T-score, which tells them how their BMD compares with that of a young adult (25-30 years old). A standard deviation (SD) of -1 to -2.5 below the mean indicates osteopenia. An SD of more than -2.5 indicates osteoporosis. For every 1-point SD drop below the mean, fracture risk doubles.

Although 75% of the traditional mat exercises are contraindicated for someone with osteoporosis, many of the exercises done on the Reformer and other apparatus have benefits including:
* Increasing bone density, a proven effect of exercise.
* Increasing strength and muscle mass, allowing the body to better support bones made brittle by osteoporosis.
* Improving balance, which can help prevent falls that might result in a fractured bone, especially if you have osteoporosis.
* Improving flexibility and posture, which can help keep the bones in alignment and prevent painful pinched nerves and muscle spasms in the back.

In this workshop, Dr. Amber Hartman will join us from Saylor Physical Therapy as we discuss risk factors with osteoporosis, contraindications in movement, specific training guidelines and then enjoy a 30 minute class specific to individuals with osteoporosis.  

There is no charge for this workshop and we welcome you to tell your friends if you know of anyone with decreased bone mass.  If you have your bone density test, please bring it with you.  Space is limited so please register online or contact us today at info@perfectformpilates.com

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