Make No Bones About It

Specialized, weekly bone-building program reverses effects of osteoporosis

Many dream of retiring early. Few get the chance to live that dream. Karen Weatherman is one of the few. Unfortunately, retirement hasn’t always been the dream Karen hoped it would be.

“I retired in 2013 on New Year’s Eve,” Karen says. “I was 59 and just six months shy of working 30 years for The Hartford insurance company. But I was taking care of my mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease, and I felt I needed to concentrate on that.”

Since beginning the OsteoStrong workouts, Karen’s bone density figures have stabilized and she’s increased strength and balance.

Since beginning the OsteoStrong workouts, Karen’s bone density figures have stabilized and she’s increased strength and balance.

Karen’s mother passed away in 2017. Shortly thereafter, her husband passed away. Then things got tougher. A cancer diagnosis forced Karen to undergo surgery twice in six months. She’s been struggling ever since.

“Those surgeries really took me down,” Karen laments. “My balance was way off, and I had no grip strength left. I also have neuropathy in my left hand, but my poor balance was my biggest issue.

“I could be walking down the sidewalk, and I’d wind up staggering over to one side of it. If I bent over and then stood up too fast or turned around real fast, it would sometimes cause me to fall. It was so bad that I had to hold on to things when I walked.”

Karen regained a little bit of balance and strength through physical therapy and rehabilitation, but the period for which her insurance covered her rehabilitation ran out. 

“I was told I needed to continue to do something, and a friend suggested I try OsteoStrong,” Karen reveals. “I looked into it, and when I learned that it helps people with osteoporosis I decided to give it a try because I’ve had osteoporosis for years.”

Osteoporosis and its precursor, osteopenia, are common conditions. They 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 place people at increased risk for hip, spine, wrist and other bone breaks.

Low bone mass can also 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.

Karen was diagnosed with osteoporosis “many years ago.” She has fought the disease mostly through medications that have not worked well. That’s why she was eager to try OsteoStrong.

“I took bone medicines for something like 25 years, and my bone density numbers just kept going down and down,” Karen reports. “So when my friend invited me to visit OsteoStrong, I was very excited about it.”

Innovative Program 

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

At its core is a once-a-week 15-minute workout that has proved to be effective in helping people rebuild bone and improve balance, posture and strength 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 positions. 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 muscles,” states Bryan Repple, owner of OsteoStrong 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 of all ages to try out the equipment at his Lake Mary location, where he offers a complimentary tour and workout session.

“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, balance, posture and strength, the program helps alleviate pain and symptoms associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, knee and back injuries, neuropathy, Type 2 diabetes and vertigo. 

Those benefits are among the many reasons Bryan encourages all genders and ages to accept his invitation to try the OsteoStrong equipment. After all, osteoporosis is not limited 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

Karen began the OsteoStrong program about a year ago. In addition to the typical 15-minute workout, she takes advantage of other therapies offered there, including a vibration machine designed to help improve balance.

She also spends time in what she calls the “red room,” where infrared or red-light therapy sparks a process in which the improved circulation of oxygen-rich blood fosters faster healing of deep tissue, which alleviates pain.

The combination of therapies has had a tremendous effect on Karen’s well-being. Since she began visiting OsteoStrong once a week, she says her bone density figures have stabilized while she has gained a significant amount of balance and strength.

“When I first went to OsteoStrong I was having a hard time just opening a drawer or a bottle of laundry soap,” she says. “That’s how little hand strength I had. But now I can do all of that and much more.

Her balance has improved significantly as well. 

“I’m at a point now where I can stand on one leg, hold the other leg and hold my other arm out without any help,” she says. “When I first started there, I had to hold on to something to do that. So I’m making a lot of good progress. 

“And because my bone density test shows that I’m stabilized, my doctors are telling me that whatever it is that I’ve been doing, I should keep doing it. And that’s exactly what I plan to do. I plan to keep going to OsteoStrong because it’s working very well for me.

“The people there are so good to me. There are days when I’m really not feeling up to it, but they’re always very encouraging, and they go out of their way to assist me in every way they can.

“OsteoStrong has helped me in so many ways, and because of that I have told lots of people about it. Just as it was recommended to me, I’ve passed on the good news to others about it because there’s so much that you get out of it.”

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