Doctor Recommended

Once-a-week bone-building program reverses effects of osteoporosis.

Dr. Ashcraft in her office in her medical coat

Since beginning OsteoStrong, Dr. Ashcraft’s bone density has improved by more than 20 percent.

When standard chiro-practic care failed to alleviate the persistent back problems that Debra Ashcraft, MD, was experiencing several years ago, her chiropractor suggested she look outside the normal treatment box for an alternative solution.

That recommendation altered Dr. Ashcraft’s career path.

A pediatrician at the time, Dr. Ashcraft took her chiropractor’s advice to see whether acupuncture might provide some relief. In time, Dr. Ashcraft became so intrigued with acupuncture that she returned to school and became an acupuncturist.

“I’m actually dual-licensed now,” Dr. Ashcraft elaborates. “I still have my MD license, but I’ve been doing acupuncture since 2003. After experiencing it myself, I thought that having a more holistic and relaxing type of practice was a better way to go.

“I still see kids, but it’s mostly for allergies, ear infections and rashes. Acupuncture is really amazing, though. It helps with pain, general health issues, women’s issues, all kinds of things.”

Dr. Ashcraft, 62, believes so strongly in the effects of acupuncture that she still sees the acupuncturist who helped alleviate her back pain. Unfortunately, acupuncture has not slowed the effects of another condition the doctor has been fighting: osteopenia.

Osteopenia is the precursor to osteoporosis. These conditions develop when new bone growth fails to keep pace with natural bone degeneration to the point where bone mineral density becomes dangerously low.

About 54 million Americans, most of them postmenopausal women, have osteopenia, osteoporosis or low bone mass, all of which places people at increased risk for hip, spine, wrist and other bone breaks.

Low bone mass can even cause some to lose height, as it can affect the spine and lead to a stooped posture. Considered a silent disease by many physicians, osteoporosis often goes undetected until a fracture occurs.

Osteoporosis can be treated with medications, but in an effort to avoid associated side effects, Dr. Ashcraft first tried to halt the reduction in bone mass through a more natural solution.

“I first learned I had osteopenia about five or six year ago, so I tried beating it by exercising a little more and taking vitamin D and collagen,” the doctor states.

Despite those efforts, her bone density numbers kept decreasing.

“I was watching them go down and down for about three or four years,” she reveals. “While my gynecologist wasn’t that concerned about it, I was, and I wanted to avoid medications. Thankfully, a friend suggested I try OsteoStrong.”

Revolutionary Program

OsteoStrong is a revolutionary, integrative health, wellness and fitness program that has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of osteopenia and osteoporosis and leads to improved skeletal strength.

At the core is a once-a-week 15-minute workout that has proved effective in helping people rebuild bone by using proprietary equipment designed to achieve osteogenesis. The workouts are performed using four biomechanical machines that allow users to be placed in the safest and strongest position. During these sessions, users safely exert pressure four to 12 times their body weight.

“The difference between our equipment and the equipment at a traditional gym is that ours is designed to strengthen the skeletal system, which means tension is developed without contraction of the muscle,” states Bryan Repple, owner of OsteoStrong in Lake Mary.

“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 100-pound person to develop new bone working out on traditional equipment, they would need to create a resistance of well over 400 pounds. That simply can’t be done by 99 percent of people in a typical gym environment.”

To understand the difference between OsteoStrong and traditional workouts, Bryan invites people to try out the equipment at his Lake Mary location, where he offers a complimentary tour and workout session.

“To get these kind of results in that kind of time frame is miraculous.” – Dr. Ashcroft

“We help people build a stronger skeletal system, which further allows them to live a healthier, more active lifestyle,” Bryan adds. “It’s a truly amazing concept based on years of research into the body’s natural adaptive response to growing new bone.

“Through that research, we have come to learn that when you put certain forces on the bones, the body responds by growing new bone tissue. That’s a known medical fact. And the results of these short sessions are absolutely amazing.

“Our studies show that, on average, OsteoStrong improves bone density from 7 to 14 percent per year. Those studies also show that during their first year at OsteoStrong, people typically increase their strength by an average of 73 percent.”

Research further shows that doing an OsteoStrong session more than once a week does not promote additional benefit. As a result, the workouts are impactful and time efficient. And the benefits go beyond reversing osteoporosis.

In addition to increasing bone density, the program helps alleviate pain and symptoms associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, knee and back injuries, neuropathy, Type 2 diabetes and vertigo. The sessions naturally improve posture, strength and balance as well.

Those benefits are among the many reasons Bryan encourages all genders and ages to accept his invitation to try the OsteoStrong equipment. He also believes it’s important to know that osteoporosis isn’t exclusive to any particular demographic.

“Osteoporosis is not something that only happens to older 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.

“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.”

Seeing Is Believing

Well aware of studies revealing that one in two women and one in four men will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture, Dr. Ashcraft began participating in the OsteoStrong program in June 2020. By December, she was already reaping the benefits.

“I had a bone density scan in December, and it showed that my spine bone density had increased by 20 percent since my last scan and that the osteopenia had reversed back to normal,” she reports.

“That same scan showed that my hip bone density had reversed, too, but only by 1 percent. That meant I was still osteopenic in that area, but the doctor said that if I just keep working at it the bone density numbers will improve there as well.”

Dr. Ashcraft says those scan results confirm OsteoStrong can be a viable alternative to medication in the fight against osteopenia and osteoporosis.

“And that’s important because one of the problems with those drugs is that there’s a limit to how long you’re supposed to use them,” the doctor notes. “And with every patient I’ve seen, whenever they come off those drugs, they go back to having osteopenia or osteoporosis.

“Because of that, I’ve seen a lot of patients who have been told to just stay on the drugs, and I don’t like seeing that. But here we have a non-drug solution that really works in helping to fight this disease, and it’s very convenient.

“It’s once a week, you work on four machines and you’re in and out in less than 20 minutes, unless you decide to stay and work on other therapies. To get these kinds of results in that time frame is miraculous. But that’s one of the reasons I recommend it.

“I have a very small practice, but I talk about OsteoStrong fairly often, especially with my older patients. I’m probably saying something about it at least once a week to somebody. That’s how much I believe in it.”

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