Osteoporosis

The Problem

1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to poor bone health.

Age graph for osteoporosis

Chart showing the progression of bone weakness with age - World Health Organisation Report 1994

We are now a society who are living longer but losing our independence faster.

In times gone by we were all partaking in more physical work for larger periods of our lives keeping us moving in to our later years, where in the modern day society we are less active and therefore our bodies are degrading faster even though with all the medical advances we are actually living longer.

We want to enjoy our retirement not just sit around waiting for the days to pass.

 

 

What is Osteoporosis?

OsteoporosisOsteoporosis is a disease of the bones.  The density and quality of the bones are greatly reduced in osteoporosis sufferers.  A lack of exercise leads to poorer balance, reaction times and muscle power which in turn lead to falls.

The weakened state of the bone structure means those falls often result in fractures. In fact 90% of elderly fractures are caused by osteoporosis.

These problems do not occur just when the patient falls over; it actually increases the chances of a fall because of the weakness in the skeletal support system (supporting muscles).

We Can Prevent and Alleviate Osteoporosis

No matter what age or level your fitness, you can take a few simple steps to prevent Osteoporosis from happening to you.

As you get older, the nerves that talk to your muscles start to slow down.  This makes it harder for your muscles to respond.   However, researchers (reference: University of Delaware) studied how muscles respond when nerve signals are given out..

In the elderly, they discovered that not only do muscles respond more slowly, but the neurons actually fire less frequently.  So this would seem to confirm that slowing down is an inevitable consequence of aging.   However, they also discovered that strength training significantly improves both nerves and muscle response.  In other words, you can actually turn back the clock in this particular area of aging.

Strength training builds up the ‘fast twitch’ muscles, the kind that gives us the ‘fight or flight’ sudden power.  These muscles and corresponding nerves are also responsible for coordination, balance reaction time and reflexes.  This improved muscle/nerve efficiency due to the strength training, is true no matter what age you are.

The strength training that builds the ‘fast twitch’ muscles are exactly what occurs when a patient uses the Galileo.  It all happens involuntarily with minimal effort from the user.

Areas of Application

Muscle weakness and muscle degradation –   Prevention of muscle degradation in immobility/ disuse, increase of muscle strength and performance, muscle size

Spastic paresis – e.g. after stroke and MS, paraplegia – Improved tone control, better intra- and intramuscular coordination, relaxation by lengthening, greater movement speed

Parkinson’s – Improved tone control, better intra and intramuscular coordination

Urinary Stress Incontinence – Improvement in tone control and deliberate control of the bladder and the pelvic floor musculature

Reduces Back Pain – Relaxation, lengthening of the musculature, better coordination

Improved circulation – Vasodilatation, tone regulation of the blood vessel wall musculature

Limited joint movement – Increases flexibility of elastic structures (better energy storing)

Falls prevention – The risk factors – reduced muscle performance and reduced balance are improved greatly!

Depression / Stress Prevention – Reduces Cortisol level by 32% helping minimise the effects of stress and depression