Natural Bone Leader

Revolutionary once-a-week workout program reverses osteoporosis.

Elaine Silvia is living in the past. Not all day, every day. But for several hours each week she closes herself off from the rest of the world and drifts away to a different time and place. Such is the life of an amateur genealogist. 

“Genealogy is something I’ve been doing on and off just for fun for about 20 years,” Elaine explains. “I find it so interesting to go into the past and try to figure out where people came from and what went on with their family and so forth.

“I find it fascinating, and I’ve designated an entire room in my house to it. I’m usually in that room for a few hours each day, digging and looking for clues that will help me figure out where someone’s ancestors are from.”

Elaine Silvia

Elaine Silvia

 

Elaine, 74, has traced her family tree back to 1870s Scotland. She also managed, after 10 years of searching, to reunite two sets of siblings that became separated early in their lives and knew little, if anything, about the other.

“That was very exciting,” says Elaine, who also regularly dances and exercises despite being diagnosed 15 years ago with osteoporosis, a condition that greatly increases the risk of bone breaks.

Osteoporosis and its predecessor, osteopenia, develop naturally when bone growth fails to keep pace with natural bone degeneration to the point where bone mineral density becomes dangerously low. 

These conditions most often affect postmenopausal women, but men are not immune to them. Studies show that half of all women will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture. However, one in four men will suffer a similar or more serious incident. That’s greater than the likelihood of a man developing prostate cancer. 

Men are almost as susceptible as women because of decreasing testosterone. As men age, testosterone levels decline. This can lead to a decrease in bone density, and by age 65, men are typically losing bone density at the same rate as women.

Other factors that can weaken bones and lead to osteopenia and osteoporosis include smoking and excessive drinking, two habits men are more likely to adopt than women, according to studies.

Studies also show that men are far less likely than women to get tested and treated for osteopenia and osteoporosis. As a result, it’s not unusual for men to learn they are suffering from the disease only after they’ve broken a bone or detected a significant loss in posture, strength or balance.

When Elaine was first diagnosed with osteoporosis, she was prescribed Fosamax, a medication designed to increase bone density. Unhappy with the side effects, she gave that up after about six months and adopted a more rigorous workout routine.

For years, Elaine’s bone density (DEXA) scans showed no change, but she nevertheless continued to look for a way to improve them. She finally found it a couple of years ago when OsteoStrong opened up in The Villages®.

Resistance Yields Results

OsteoStrong is a revolutionary program that has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of bone loss through once-a-week, 15-minute sessions that utilize proprietary equipment. The equipment includes four biomechanical machines that allow users to perform four high-impact trigger events that stimulate the musculoskeletal system. 

“We are not a gym,” asserts Kristina Adams, director of operations of OsteoStrong, The Villages. “We are a wellness facility that specializes in reversing bone and strength loss, improving balance, and eliminating back and joint pain. We do this, not with supplements, surgical procedures or medications, but through our exclusive equipment. Studies show that this equipment helps improve bone density by 7 to 14 percent per year and increases strength by an average of 73 percent during the first year.”

Bill Atterbury, the owner of OsteoStrong, notes that the program is based on a century-old theory called Wolff’s Law, which looked into the body’s natural adaptive response to growing bone and improving bone density.

“Through that theory and years of research, we have come to learn that when you put certain forces on the bones, the body responds by growing bone tissue,” Bill informs. “That’s a known medical fact, and the results we get are absolutely amazing. Our clients are actually reversing osteopenia and osteoporosis.”

OsteoStrong’s equipment helps stimulate bone growth through a process called osteogenic loading, which results in significant gains in strength, flexibility, balance, energy, agility and bone density. According to OsteoStrong, that’s something that can’t be done with medications, some of which can cause severe side effects. 

“When it comes to osteoporosis medications, I use the analogy of the good apple verses the bad apple,” Kristina explains. “If you take both apples and dip them into a candy coating, they both come out looking great. But the integrity of what’s on the inside of the bad apple hasn’t changed.

“That’s what a lot of the medications used to treat osteoporosis do to a person’s bones. They actually make the DEXA scan show improvement. But on the inside, the bones still are not very strong, and in some cases may become even more brittle.

“OsteoStrong actually helps you build a stronger skeletal system by increasing your bone density. It also increases muscular strength and improves balance. And that can give you a better quality of life, make it easier to perform normal daily activities and increase your ability to do things you haven’t been able to do in a very long time. That’s why we invite people of all ages to come in and learn about OsteoStrong.”

OsteoStrong has also proved helpful in alleviating the pain associated with fibromyalgia, neuropathy and vertigo. It can even help people with Type 2 diabetes lower A1c levels.

I’m a Believer

How all that can be achieved through a once-a-week session that lasts about 15 minutes is one of the questions Kristina fields most often from people interested in the OsteoStrong program. The answer lies in the science.

“Our program is designed to work the musculoskeletal system at the cellular level,” Kristina relates. “When you work on a cellular level, your body needs three or four days to recover and make new cells. That’s why it doesn’t benefit you to do this more than once a week.”

After researching the OsteoStrong program, Elaine joined a little more than a year ago. Recently, she had another bone density scan performed. The results showed that the OsteoStrong sessions were doing what they are designed to do.

“The bottom line is that my bone density test showed that I no longer had osteoporosis,” Elaine reports. “It had reverted to osteopenia, so I’m thrilled with what OsteoStrong is doing for me. I’m a believer, and at first, I was not a believer at all.

“When I was introduced to the program and I was told it was 15 minutes, once a week, I thought, Come on, give me a break. How can this work? But it does work, and now I’m telling everyone I can about it.

“I’ve told my sister and friends, and one of the things I say to them is, It’s 15 minutes, once a week, that’s it. And look how it’s working for me. I am absolutely sold on it because I’m getting much better results from OsteoStrong than I would from any medication.”

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