Feel It In Your Bones

Innovative once-a-week, 15-minute exercise sessions reverse osteoporosis.

Pam Townsend standing on the golf greem with her club in her hand.

OsteoStrong has given Pam the strength, balance and confidence to resume her active lifestyle.

Like a lot of young children, Pam Townsend probably worked harder at getting out of her piano lessons than she did at getting into them. After all, it wasn’t her idea to take up the piano. It was her mother’s. And back then, Pam just wasn’t into it.

She is now, though.

“After several years, my mother finally relented and let me give up the piano lessons,” Pam relates. “But after I retired, I thought, You know, I’d really like to learn the piano now, sort of in honor of my mother.

“So, my husband bought me a really nice piano, and I started learning again just before the COVID thing struck. Now I practice at least an hour every day, and I really love it. It’s funny sometimes how you appreciate things more after you get older.”

Pam gladly squeezes her piano lessons into a busy schedule that is geared, in part, to correcting the effects of osteopenia and osteoporosis, two potentially severe conditions that can greatly increase the risk of bone breaks.

Found most often in postmenopausal women, osteopenia and osteoporosis 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 suffer from osteopenia, osteoporosis or low bone mass, all of which place patients such as Pam at an increased risk for hip, spine, wrist and other bone breaks.

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

“I have both, osteopenia and osteoporosis,” Pam reveals. “I was diagnosed about five years ago, and I was originally put on Forteo, a medicine you inject yourself with every day.

“But you can only be on that for two years, then you need to do something else. So I was looking at going on Prolia, which is another medication that you get injected with every six months. Except I didn’t want to do that because of the side effects.

“Then one day I was at a doctor’s appointment for my husband, and while we were waiting I saw a copy of Florida Health Care News and read an article about OsteoStrong. And I thought, This is something I should try.

Revolutionary Program

OsteoStrong, which has a new location in Boca Raton, is a groundbreaking program that has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Statistics show that half of all women and one-fourth of all men will deal with an osteoporosis-related fracture. Those odds are among the reasons Pam decided to check out OsteoStrong.

“After reading the article about OsteoStrong, I felt like this was something that I could do for myself and feel comfortable with,” Pam explains. “So I tried it out, and I can tell you that it has made a huge difference in my life.”

“On average, our studies show that OsteoStrong improves people’s bone density from 7 to 14 percent a year.” – Oxana

The OsteoStrong program is designed to help people rebuild bone through once-a-week, 15-minute workout sessions that utilize specially designed strengthening equipment.
The apparatus includes four biomechanical machines that allow users to perform resistance-based pushing and pulling exercises with their arms and/or legs. During these sessions, users can safely exert pressure four to 12 times their body weight.

“The difference between our biomechanical equipment and that used at a traditional gym is that our equipment creates an osteogenic load, which means tension is developed without contraction of the muscle,” states Oxana Voinarevich, owner of OsteoStrong Boca Raton.

“There is no force pushing against you, which means you create the force. On the lower body exercise equipment, for example, I’ve had ladies in their 80s who weigh 100 pounds produce 1,000 pounds of force.

“For a person who weighs 100 pounds to develop new bone using traditional weight equipment, they would need to lift more than 400 pounds. That simply can’t 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

Oxana invites people to come in and try out the equipment, noting that her facility offers a free session for newcomers to experience the OsteoStrong workout.

“This is an amazing concept that is the culmination of 12 years of research that looked into the body’s adaptive response to growing new bone and muscle structure, and improving the density of the bones we have,” Oxana says.

“As a result of that research, it is now a known medical fact that when you put certain forces on the bones, the body responds by growing new bone tissue. The results of these short workouts are absolutely amazing. On average, our studies show that OsteoStrong improves people’s bone density from 7 to 14 percent a year. In addition, people will increase their strength by an average of 73 percent over their first year.”

Oxana also points out that similar studies show that doing an OsteoStrong session more than once a week does not promote any additional benefit. As a result, the workouts are impactful and efficient.

Oxana encourages men and women of all ages to accept her invitation to try the OsteoStrong equipment. She further notes that it’s important to know that osteoporosis is not a disorder exclusive to any age group or gender.

“Osteoporosis is not something that develops only when we get older,” she 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.

“I can tell you that it has made a huge difference in my life.” – Pam

In addition to helping them recover from bone loss, OsteoStrong wants to help educate people about it.

“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,” Oxana points out.

Routinely Recommended

Pam has not had a bone density scan since beginning the workouts but says she is feeling the effects of the 15-minute sessions.

“I’ve definitely gotten stronger, and my balance is much better since I started doing OsteoStrong sessions,” Pam informs. “For example, I can stand on one foot and tie my shoes now.”

There’s something else making Pam even happier.

“My husband and I are avid hikers,” she relates. “We used to go hiking all the time, but after I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, we stopped taking our hiking trips. Then last year, thanks to OsteoStrong, I had this new sense of adventure and exploration. After two years of OsteoStrong training, I felt like I had the strength and balance to go hiking again.”

They traveled to Bryce Canyon in Utah and spent about six hours a day hiking through the mountains.

“I know that had I not done the OsteoStrong training I would not have made it, and now we’re planning another hiking trip to Maine because OsteoStrong has given me the confidence that I’m building bone again,” Pam reports.

“I can feel it in my bones, so I wholeheartedly recommend OsteoStrong. In fact, I’ve already told my daughter about it and encouraged her to try it because at some point she may be facing this problem, too.

“OsteoStrong is a great program and all the people you work with are great as well. They’re all so nice and accommodating, and I can honestly say that my OsteoStrong sessions are something I look forward to every week.”

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