OsteoStrong® – Osteoporosis Solution

The drug-free program is an effective way to rebuild lost bone.

Susan Koontz was fit, healthy and in her late 50s when she received distressing results several years ago from what she thought would be a routine bone density screening.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

OsteoStrong has helped Susan ward off osteoporosis.

She had osteopenia, a symptomless condition that put her at risk for developing osteoporosis, which causes bones to become more fragile and prone to fractures.
Dealing with brittle bones would be life-altering for anyone, but Susan is an avid water-skier, wakesurfer and wakeboarder. She also competes in canine agility competitions with a Border Collie that she says is “way faster than me, so I’m basically doing a forty-five-minute sprint around the course, twisting and turning. People fall all the time.”
After being told that working with weights would strengthen her bones, Susan hired a personal trainer and began intensive workouts twice a week. They didn’t help.
“Two years later, I go back for another scan, and the doctor calls me and says, You’ve got osteoporosis, and you need to get on medicine now,” she recalls. “I saw myself becoming a little old lady doing nothing in my house, and that’s not the life I want.”
While Susan usually shuns prescription drugs because of the potential side effects, her doctor insisted she start taking a generic version of Fosamax® to slow her bone loss while increasing her bone mass.
“About three hours after the first dose, I felt like I had the flu,” Susan reports. “I didn’t have any immediate side effects from the second one, so my doctor figured I was good.”
Later, however, she developed severe acid reflux, which she’s still fighting to control, and her doctors advised her to stop the medication. Instead, they wanted to inject Susan with the antibody Prolia®, which her mother was receiving for her osteoporosis.
“But she’s ninety,” Susan notes. “I’m sixty.”
Susan’s research led her to reject Prolia because it can cause anemia, digestive tract and skin issues and weakness and pain in the back, muscles, arms or legs.
Then she became intrigued after reading about OsteoStrong, a unique place where people can improve their overall health by focusing on the one thing everyone has in common: their muscular-skeletal system. OsteoStrong is not weight training, a diet, supplement, pharmaceutical remedy or medical therapy.
“Honestly, I was skeptical,” Susan admits. “I decided to give it a year and see where I end up.”

Resistance-Based Activities

Susan’s once-a-week sessions involve resistance-based pushing and pulling with her arms and/or legs on four bio-mechanical machines, during which she safely exerts pressure four to 12 times her body weight.
“It’s long been a medical fact that when you put certain forces on the bones, the body responds by growing new bone tissue,” explains Mark Brady, president of OsteoStrong in South Pasadena.
“For a person who weighs one hundred pounds to develop new bone, they would have to create a resistance of well over four hundred pounds,” Mark continues. “That simply can’t be done for ninety-nine percent of all people in a gym environment because it involves weights that they couldn’t physically move or, if they could, they’d be at high risk of injury.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Thanks to OsteoStrong, Susan can train her dog, Dallas.

“It takes only about ten minutes to complete an OsteoStrong session, but in that time, the response is nothing short of amazing. On average, our studies have found that OsteoStrong improves people’s bone density from three to seven percent a year. Also, people will increase their strength by an average of seventy-three percent over their first year at OsteoStrong.”
Susan was excited to achieve improvement in her bone density after a year of OsteoStrong, and that was after missing at least ten sessions because she travels frequently.
“This year, I’m going to try to make all my sessions and see how far I can go,” vows Susan, who “wouldn’t hesitate” to recommend OsteoStrong. “It works for me. I’m hoping I’ve got a lot of life in this body yet, so I need my frame to support my activities.”

Preventing Osteoporosis

Like Susan, Lynn Hummel found out she had osteopenia after a routine bone density screening and rejected her doctor’s recommendation that she take Fosamax.

Lynn’s photo courtesy of Lynn Hummel.

Lynn is amazed at the increase in her bone density.

Lynn, who was diagnosed at 51 and has a family history of osteoporosis, instead turned to OsteoStrong, incorporating her sessions into her Friday lunch hour.
Six months later, Lynn’s screening showed dramatic results.
“My bone density had gone up ten percent!” she exclaims. “My doctor couldn’t believe the difference.”
Lynn also noticed other positive effects from OsteoStrong. For instance, aches and pains that unfortunately had been part of her life seemed to disappear.
“After a little while, I realized, Oh man, I don’t hurt like I used to. My knees stopped hurting like they usually did,” marvels Lynn, who works as a bookkeeper. “My balance also improved – I’ve not always had a good center of balance, and I could really tell the difference – and my strength went up dramatically.”
Such success stories are par for the course at OsteoStrong, Mark confirms.
“People who come here seeking help for what is typically low bone density have the wonderful results of not just correcting that, but also getting significant improvements in balance, strength and pain-free joints,” he expounds. “One improvement doesn’t come without the others. It’s all a result of what we do here.”
OsteoStrong sessions build myofibril muscle, Mark informs. Myofibrils are cylindrical structures that extend along the complete length of each muscle cell or fiber. Myofibrils are composed of thick and thin myofilaments, which are responsible for muscle contraction.
“Women aren’t going to grow bulky muscles,” Mark stresses. “They’re going to have stronger muscles.”

Joint and Back Pain Reversed

Mark further notes that while some 85 percent of all OsteoStrong clients – men and women alike – have osteopenia or osteoporosis, the sessions also benefit people with bones damaged by cancer, other illnesses and treatments such as chemotherapy. What’s more, OsteoStrong is ideal for those suffering from any back-related pain.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how you got here; it’s what you can do to stop it that matters,” Mark asserts. “People who have pain with their joints or backs will see a substantial reduction or elimination of the issue from what we do here. I’m a prime example. I had severe sciatica for twenty years, and since I started to use our bio-mechanical machines, I haven’t had any symptoms at all in the past year.”

“It works for me. I’m hoping I’ve got a lot of life in this body yet, so I need my frame to support my activities.” – Susan

Building muscle through OsteoStrong provides a stronger framework to better support the lower back and the rest of the skeletal system, Mark states.
Lynn, meanwhile, is not only thankful to be feeling better, she’s also thrilled that she got there without relying on medication.
“The difference OsteoStrong sessions made for me was amazing,” she raves. “I’ve stayed away from developing osteoporosis, and I’d really like to keep it that way.”

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