Don’t Sweat The Fall Stuff

Once-a-week workout program helps improve balance, bone density

“I’m getting around really well, and I’ve got lots of energy. And I believe OsteoStrong is one of the reasons for that.”
— Rochelle

A growing number of countries no longer stamp passports to mark a traveler’s arrival, but Rochelle Helm has journeyed so far and so often in recent years that her passport has become a colorful keepsake, nonetheless. 

“My husband and I have easily been to 30 or 40 countries,” Rochelle reports. “Our last trip was to Greece and Italy, where we’ve been to many, many times. We took our grandchildren with us this time, so we spent a lot of time showing them all the highlights. 

“I love Italy, but my favorite of all the places we’ve been is New Zealand. The people there are delightful, the prices are reasonable, and they have beautiful white sandy beaches up north and skiing down south. What more could you ask for?” 

At age 80, Rochelle doesn’t do much skiing anymore. She does walk a lot, however; five miles on most days. She also works out at a gym regularly and attends aerobics classes. 

“I’m trying to stay in the game,” says Rochelle, who literally fell out of the game a few years ago after a confounding battle with her balance left her with a broken left elbow, a broken left shoulder and a broken nose. 

“I was just clumsy,” Rochelle offers. “I’ve probably had 10 different fractures in my life because of my balance issues and falls and being so clumsy. After the last fall that I had, I was in such bad shape that at one point I had to use a walker to get around.” 

In addition to her balance issues, Rochelle was also suffering from osteopenia, which is the precursor of osteoporosis. Both diseases develop when bone growth fails to keep pace with bone degeneration and increases the risk for hip, spine and wrist fractures. 

Found most often in postmenopausal women, osteopenia and osteoporosis can also lead to a stooped posture, which can result in the kind of balance disorders causing many of Rochelle’s falls. 

Determined to “stay in the game,” Rochelle ditched the walker shortly after recovering from her elbow and shoulder injuries and started walking. Her goal was to increase balance and strength. To augment that, she joined OsteoStrong. 

“I remember reading about OsteoStrong somewhere and seeing that something like 70 percent of the people who try the program improve their balance and strength,” Rochelle recalls. “That was exactly what I needed, so I went there and signed up.” 

Resistance-Based Program 

OsteoStrong is a revolutionary exercise program that has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the effects of osteoporosis and osteopenia by using specialized biomechanical equipment once a week for about 15 minutes. 

The equipment is designed for resistance-based pushing and pulling exercises with the arms and legs. During thsee resistance motions, a pressure many times the user’s body weight can be safely applied. 

“The difference between the equipment used at OsteoStrong and the equipment you find at a traditional gym is that our equipement does not involve a counter force,” states Mark Brady, president of OsteoStrong in South Pasadena. 

“Because there’s no force pushing against you, you create a force within your comfort zone, and you’re in control at all times. For example, on our lower body machine, I’ve had women in their 80s who weigh 100 pounds exert forces in excess of 1,000 pounds. 

“For a 100-pound person to develop new bone working out on traditional weight equipment, they would need to create a resistance of over 400 pounds. That simply can’t be done by 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.” 

To understand the difference, Mark invites people to come in and try the OsteoStrong equipment during a free orientation session that will allow them to learn more about the science behind the program. 

“This is an amazing concept that is the culmination of 12 years of research that looked into the body’s adaptive response to growing bone and muscle to improve the density of the bones,” Mark says. 

“Medical research has shown that when you put certain forces on the bones, the body responds by growing new bone tissue. That’s what OsteoStrong does, and the results of these short sessions are absolutely amazing.” 

According to Mark, studies have found that OsteoStrong improves bone density 3 to 10 percent per year. In addition, people will increase their strength by an average of 73 percent over their first year at OsteoStrong. 

Mark also points out that doing an OsteoStrong session more than once a week does not promote additional benefit. As a result, OsteoStrong workouts are effective and time efficient. 

Noting that osteoporosis is not a disease that is exclusive to any particular age group or gender, Mark encourages people of all ages to accept his invitation to try the equipment. 

“Osteoporosis is not something that only happens to old people,” he explains. “As a result, we have clients from young to old. And men are not immune. When men start losing their testosterone, their bone loss becomes more rapid. 

“At OsteoStrong, we also offer people an opportunity to learn more about osteopenia and osteoporosis and why the OsteoStrong program is so effective at fighting them.” 

“Marvelous” Results 

It was nearly three years ago that Rochelle first started working out at OsteoStrong. Since then, she says she has gained a significant amount of strength throughout her body and completely rid herself of those dangerous balance issues. 

“I was looking at my elbow the other day and suddenly realized that I have not fallen once since I started the OsteoStrong program,” Rochelle exudes. “That is amazing because, I’m telling you, I’ve fallen like that my whole life. 

“I’m much stronger now, too, and I can tell you this, I wasn’t walking five miles a day before I started OsteoStrong. I was walking, but I wasn’t walking five miles a day, and part of that was because I was afraid I might fall. 

“OsteoStrong has been a great thing for me. For someone who is 80 years old, I’m getting around really well, and I’ve got lots of energy. I believe OsteoStrong is one of the reasons for that. That’s why I’ve recommended it to so many people. 

“I tell them, It’s once a week and you’re done, and I tell them that not only has it made me stronger, but it’s also helped me with my balance because the fact that I haven’t fallen since I started the program is a miracle. It’s an absolute miracle.”

Florida Health Care News 


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