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10/30/2020
Skeleton Wellness and Bone Health
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Skeletons are a common sight during the Halloween season, but how often do we stop to really think about the bones that compose the frame of our bodies? Healthy bones can help you stay strong and active throughout your life. For those of us who maintained good bone health from childhood, it can help to avoid bone loss and fracture later in life. Osteoporosis is a common bone disease that affects both men and women (mostly women), usually as they age. It is associated with low-bone mass and thinning of the bone structure, making bones fragile and more likely to break. Here are some tips to help you keep your skeleton healthy.

Keep active and eat well. Weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises are great ways to build and maintain healthy bones, as well as stimulate bone growth to help prevent and treat osteoporosis. Most of these exercises are simple and can be done at home with no special equipment. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of calcium, vitamin D and perhaps other supplements as needed will also help preserve bone health.

Work on your balancing act. Exercises to improve balance and coordination can help reduce falls and their resulting fractures. They also can improve posture, core stability and coordination to protect the spine against compression fractures. An individualized exercise program prescribed by a physical therapist may include a walking regimen, Tai Chi and other exercises geared toward conditioning, balance and coordination.

Maintain good posture and body movement. Good posture and safe movement protect bones from fracture during daily activities. Using proper posture and safe body movement protects your bones against injury. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep your back, stomach and leg muscles strong and flexible.
  • Do not slouch when standing or sitting.
  • Use good body positioning at work, home or during leisure activities.
  • Ask for help when lifting heavy objects.
  • Wear protective equipment (helmets, mouth guards, shin pads, etc.) during sports and activities (lacrosse, soccer, football, ice skating, biking, etc.).

Source: American Physical Therapy Association

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