Restore The Core

Breakthrough program improves balance, builds bone through brief workouts.

During the four years that he proudly gave to the Navy, Tom McAllister served aboard two ships. The second was the USS Robinson, a guided-missile destroyer that played a critical role in supporting and saving lives during the Vietnam War.

Background: Tom has improved his balance and strength through the OsteoStrong program.

Since beginning once-a-week OsteoStrong sessions, Tom’s strength and balance have improved immensely.

“We provided a lot of gunfire support for our troops on shore and worked with a lot of aircraft carriers, performing pickup duty,” Tom confirms. “That’s where you pick up pilots in the sea and guys who had been blown off the flight deck.

“We were in communication with troops that often needed help in one way or another, and I have to say it was very satisfying work. It made me feel as though I was doing something important to help out.”

The first ship Tom served on was a repair ship. Just as he did on the Robinson, Tom worked in the mechanical and electrical department, where he learned skills that benefitted him immensely once he returned to civilian life in 1970.

“When I got out of the service, I used the electrical training I received in the Navy to get a job with Hannah Electric in Ohio,” the 73-year-old reports. “We rebuilt electrical motors – the large main drives that are used in places like power plants and steel mills.”

Following retirement, Tom and his wife moved to The Villages®, where Tom mostly plays golf and bowls when he’s not relaxing. He tried playing pickleball once, but a balance issue caused by neuropathy in his feet put an end to that.

Temporarily, at least.

In the past few months, Tom’s balance and overall strength have improved immensely thanks to his involvement in OsteoStrong, a program he joined shortly after his wife gave it a try.

“My wife suffers from bone-density issues, and her sister recommended OsteoStrong to her because it has a good success rate in terms of reversing deteriorating bone systems,” Tom explains. “So, after my wife started going I figured I’d give it a try, too.”

You Create the Force

OsteoStrong is a revolutionary program that has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of osteoporosis and its precursor, osteopenia, two potentially severe conditions that can greatly increase the risk of bone breaks.

Found most often in postmenopausal women, osteopenia and osteoporosis develop when bone growth fails to keep pace with natural bone degeneration to the point that bone mineral density becomes dangerously low.

OsteoStrong is designed to not only rebuild bone, but also improve posture, balance and athletic performance through once-a-week, 15-minute sessions that utilize proprietary equipment to achieve osteogenesis.

The equipment includes four biomechanical machines that allow users to be placed in the safest and strongest position. During these sessions, users can safely exert pressure four to 12 times their body weight.

“The difference between our equipment and the equipment used at a traditional gym is that our equipment is focused to strengthen the skeletal system, which means tension is developed without contraction of the muscle,” states Bill Atterbury, owner of OsteoStrong near The Villages. There is no force pushing against you, which means you create the force.

“On the leg press, for example, I’ve had ladies in their 80s who weigh 100 pounds press 1,000 pounds. That’s because the equipment is designed to keep you in a safe position.

“For a person who weighs 100 pounds to develop new bone using traditional equipment, they would need to create a resistance of well over 400 pounds. That simply cannot be done for 99 percent of all people in a gym environment, because it involves weights they couldn’t physically move. Or, if they could move them, they’d be at high risk of injury.”

Resistance Yields Results

To understand the difference, Bill invites people to come in and try the equipment, noting that his facility offers a complimentary tour and session.

“What we do at OsteoStrong is help people build a stronger skeletal system, which further allows them to live a healthier, more active life,” Bill points out. “That’s why I felt it was so important to open an OsteoStrong facility near The Villages. I’m a resident of The Villages, and I know that the people who live in this area are very conscientious about living healthy, active lives. If I can help give them another 10 or 15 years of that healthy, active lifestyle, that’s a winning situation for all involved.

“This is an amazing concept based on a century-old theory called Wolff’s Law that looked into the body’s natural adaptive response to growing new bone and improving bone density. Through that theory and years of research, we have come to learn that when you put certain forces on the bones, the body responds by growing bone tissue.

“That’s a known medical fact, and the results of these short sessions are absolutely amazing. On average, our studies show that OsteoStrong improves bone density from 7 to 14 percent per year. Also, people typically increase their strength by an average of 73 percent over their first year at OsteoStrong.”

“They workouts have made a huge difference in my life, and they’re actually fun.” – Tom

Similar studies also show that having an OsteoStrong session more than once a week does not promote additional benefit. As a result, the sessions are not only impactful, but time-efficient. And their advantages go beyond reversing osteoporosis.

They can also help to alleviate pain and suffering associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, knee and back pain, neuropathy, Type 2 diabetes and vertigo. But that’s just one reason Bill encourages people of all ages to accept his invitation to try out the OsteoStrong equipment.

“Osteoporosis is not something that only happens to old people,” he explains. “We have clients from young to old and everything in between. And men are not immune. When they start losing their testosterone, their bone loss becomes more rapid.

“In addition to helping them recover from it, OsteoStrong wants to help educate people about bone loss. The skeletal framework is the most important part of the body, and you need to take care of it and be aware of changes to it.”

Highly Recommended

Tom, who began the OsteoStrong program this past summer, had completed two of the weekly sessions when one of the coaches asked if he would undergo a functional balance test. Tom failed that test, but since then, the OsteoStrong workouts have helped him regain his balance and improve his strength.

Tom McAllister

“The balance test is done in these short intervals where you do things like close your eyes and stand with your hands on your hips for 20 seconds,” Tom says. “Based on that, they rate your balance on a scale of one to 100, with anything over 48 considered dangerous enough to make you a fall risk.

“Well, my reading was way over 100. After that, I was ready to really give this program a try, and after six weeks they tested my balance again. This time, my readings came in under 40. And it’s not just in that test where I’m showing more balance. I have a lot more balance when I’m golfing now. And I’m not that good of a bowler, but it used to be a real struggle to keep my balance when bowling. Not anymore. The workouts have really come through there.

“The best thing, though, is that we recently took a trip to visit our grandkids, and I was actually able to run around and play catch with a football with one of them. That’s something I would not have been able to do had I not been doing OsteoStrong.

“The workouts have made a huge difference in my life, and they’re actually fun. I really like that you can measure your progress and build your posture, core strength and muscle strength right along with improving your balance through them.

“That’s why I recommend the OsteoStrong program to everyone, and I want to add that Bill and everybody on his staff at The Villages location are really great. They’re all exceptionally helpful and they do a great job. It’s really a tremendous program.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photo by Jordan Pysz. mkb
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