Feel It In Your Bones

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

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.

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

She’s into them 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 for 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, who lives in North Tampa, 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 throughout the body.

Found most often in post-menopausal 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 either osteopenia, osteoporosis or low bone mass, all of which place victims 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 bone fracture occurs.

“I have both, osteopenia and osteoporosis,” Pam reveals. “I was diagnosed with them about five years ago, and I was originally put on Forteo, which is 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 every six months, but I really 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. After reading the article I thought, This is something I should try.”

Revolutionary Program

Located in South Pasadena, OsteoStrong is a revolutionary 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 suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point. 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. “That was two years ago, and at first I was going to a location in Tampa. I went there for about a year, but then the owner of that one retired and closed it up.

“After that, I started going to the location in Pasadena. It takes me about an hour to get there, but it’s worth it. That’s how much I believe in OsteoStrong.”

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 equipment 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 Mark Brady, president of OsteoStrong in South Pasadena.

“There is no force pushing against you, which means you create the force. On the lower body growth trigger, 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

To understand the difference in OsteoStrong’s equipment, Mark invites people to come in and try it out, noting that his facility offers a free session that allows 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,” Mark 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. And the results of these short workouts are absolutely amazing.

“On average, our studies have found that OsteoStrong improves people’s bone density from 3 to 7 percent a year.” – Mark

“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 at OsteoStrong.”

Mark 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.

Mark encourages men and women of all ages to accept his invitation to try out the OsteoStrong equipment. He further notes it’s important to know that osteoporosis is not a disorder that is exclusive to a specific age group or gender.

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

Routinely Recommended

Pam has not had a bone density scan since beginning the OsteoStrong workouts (she had one scheduled in the spring that was canceled because of COVID-19), but she 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 says.

“For example, I can stand on one foot and tie my shoes now. But there’s something else I’m even happier about. My husband and I are avid hikers. 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 suddenly had this new sense of adventure and exploration.

“After two years of doing the OsteoStrong training, I felt like I had the strength and balance to try hiking again. So we went to Bryce Canyon in Utah, and I spent about six hours each day hiking all 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 for the spring to Maine because OsteoStrong has given me the confidence that I’m building bone again.

“I can literally 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 there are great as well. They’re all so nice and accommodating, and I can honestly say that my OsteoStrong sessions are something I literally look forward to doing every week.”

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