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Bone Health: Health: How Physiotherapy Can Help You Achieve Your Best Bone Density

by Carmen Andrews - Physiotherapist

This is the third and final post in our series on bone health. In our first post we began explaining the basic process of bone building with special emphasis on Considerations for Your Children and Teenagers. This was followed by a look at ways to maintain and opimise bone density through Your 30’s To Post-Menopause

Bone health throughout your lifespan relies on a synergy between diet and bone building physical activity. If you do not balance diet and physical activity you may not reach peak bone mass or may start to lose bone mass. (This is explained earlier in our series.) At times you may not know how to exercise, or even if it is safe exercise, when you have pain. Physiotherapy is useful in managing pain and guiding your return to physical activity.

Make the choice to take care of any physical pains and injuries within 3 months.
No matter how minor an injury may feel to you, leaving it uncared for can result in compensatory patterns that cause real problems years later. Going to a physio for treatment, and working together with them on your rehabilitation, will make sure you return to your optimal level of activity. This allows you to exercise to achieve and maintain your best bone mass.

Why 3 months? A muscle, tendon or joint injury normally heals within 3 months. If the pain is not getting less over this time then your injury may require further medical assessment and treatment, or pain itself is becoming a problem.

You can be active regardless of your current age or physical abilities.
If for any reason you can’t return to your previous level of activity, we can help you to find new activities – we are used to being creative and solving problems, as well supporting and encouraging you. We’ll get behind you to get you to the point where you are able and happy.

Exercise should be fun, and there are all sorts of different ways to exercise.
If the thought of building up a sweat and muscle burn is enough to make you, or your family member want to hide in the hills, we can help you find fun and safe ways of increasing your physical activity.

Teamwork.
We work with other health care professionals as needed to help get you comfortably active. Within the Ubuntu Family Health Center we work with a biokineticist, podiatrist, dietician, chiropractor and orthotist. Should further referral be needed, we work with sports physicians as well as orthopaedic surgeons.

How physiotherapy can help you achieve your best bone density

  • Make the choice to take care of any physical pains and injuries within 3 months. Getting physio treatment and working together on your rehabilitation will make sure you return to your optimal level of activity. This will enable you to exercise to achieve and maintain your optimal bone density.

  • No matter how minor an injury may feel to you, leaving it uncared for can result in compensatory patterns that cause real problems years later.

  • You can be active regardless of your current age or physical abilities. If you are unable to return to your previous level of activity we can help you find new activities – we are used to being creative and solving problems, as well supporting and encouraging you. We’ll get behind you all the way to get you to the point where you are able and happy.

  • If the thought of building up a sweat and muscle burn is enough to make you or your family member turn and turn and hide from the hills, we can help you find fun and safe ways of increasing your physical activity.

  • We work with other health care professionals as needed to help get you comfortably active. Within Ubuntu we work with a Biokineticist, podiatrist, dietician, chiro and orthotist. Should further referral be needed, we work with sports physicians as well as orthopaedic surgeons.
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