Want Better Bones

Once-a-week, 15-minute workouts improve strength, balance and bone density

Paul & Cheryl Henderson

They have a lot to offer, and that’s why we like OsteoStrong as much as we do.”

When the coronavirus began to spread across the country in the spring of 2020, Paul Henderson was part of a construction crew building restaurants and retail spaces inside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

There’s nothing unusual about that, except that Paul was 76 years old at the time. Paul says he’d probably still be working that job had the coronavirus not forced a shut-down of the project.

“I enjoyed the work I was doing,” says Paul, now a young 77. “I liked it a lot, and so I hadn’t really given a whole lot of thought to retirement. But I have to say, retirement has been a little easier than I thought it would be.”

Easier but not ideal. Paul and his wife, Cheryl, 69, were hoping to travel more than they have so far during retirement. They’re hoping the easing of travel restrictions will soon allow for more of that. In the meantime, they’re focusing on their health.

Cheryl, who retired several years ago, turned her attention in that direction a few years back when she found a workout program the suited her perfectly. When that program shut down last fall, she started looking for something similar.

“What I liked about that program was that it was 20 minutes a couple times a week,” she says. “It wasn’t too demanding, and it wasn’t boring. It was disciplined, and it was quick. I wanted something just like that, and that’s what I found with OsteoStrong.”

Revolutionary Program

OsteoStrong is a revolutionary, integrative health and wellness program developed primarily to help people reverse the negative effects of bone loss and improve skeletal strength.

At its core is a once-a-week ,15-minute osteogenic loading session that has proven to be effective at helping people rebuild bone and improve balance, posture and strength by using proprietary equipment designed to achieve osteogenesis. 

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 are able to safely exert pressure four to 12 times their body weight. 

“The difference between our biomechanical equipment and traditional gym equipment is that our devices create 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 growth trigger device, 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 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 for injury.”

The OsteoStrong program is the culmination of 12 years of research into the body’s adaptive response to bone growth and muscle development. That’s why it’s considered an ideal alternative to medications in the fight against osteoporosis and its precursor, osteopenia.

Osteopenia and osteoporosis develop when 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 of which places 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.

As a result of its research, which proved that certain forces on bones promote bone development, OsteoStrong has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of these conditions. It does so in an impactful way.

“On average, our studies show that OsteoStrong improves bone density from 7 to 14 percent a year,” Oxana states. “In addition, people will increase their strength by an average of 73 percent during their first year on the program.”

Research shows that in addition to aiding in the fight against osteopenia and osteoporosis, OsteoStrong can also help alleviate the symptoms associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, knee and back injuries, neuropathy, Type 2 diabetes and vertigo.

Similar studies show that completing an OsteoStrong session more than once a week does not promote any additional benefit. As a result, the sessions are not only impactful, but also time efficient.

Noting its effect on an array of conditions and the fact osteoporosis is not exclusive to any age group or gender, Oxana invites people of all ages to try the OsteoStrong devices at the Boca Raton location, where a complimentary session is offered to all newcomers.

“Osteoporosis is not something that develops only when we get older,” she explains. “As a result, we have clients from young to old, and men are not immune; when they start losing their testosterone, their bone loss becomes more rapid.”

In addition to helping people recover from bone loss, Oxana wants to help educate them about the body’s skeletal framework. She says that framework “is the most important part of the body, and people need to take care of it and be aware of changes to it.”

Added Benefits

Cheryl was diagnosed with osteopenia about five years ago, but she chose OsteoStrong largely for the strength, balance and posture benefits it offers. Since joining the program, she’s experienced tremendous improvement in those areas and others.

“For starters, I feel more energetic since I started the OsteoStrong program,” she reveals. “I’ve also grown stronger. My lower body strength has improved 200 percent since then, and my upper body strength is up about 30 percent.

“The way I know is because each piece of equipment is set up so that you can actually monitor how much weight you have been able to increase since the time you started. That’s one of the things I really like about it.

“I also like that the program is built upon science. It’s not focused on repetition, and for me, that makes it more enjoyable. It’s not a boring workout, but you’re not working up a sweat either. You always get one-on-one attention with a certified coach.”

Paul joined the program with Cheryl and is also enjoying the benefits. He says he’s gained upper and lower body strength and improved his balance through the OsteoStrong sessions.

“You can do the whole program in 15 minutes, just like they say, but we sometimes spend an hour there, and do things like red light therapy and the BioCharger,” he says. “We try to take advantage of all that OsteoStrong has to offer.”

The BioCharger is a holistic healing device that transmits subtle energy that revitalizes and invigorates the body and optimizes health, wellness and athletic performance.

Infrared, or red light therapy, can help cells regenerate and repair themselves. During the process, the circulation of oxygen-rich blood improves, fostering faster healing of deep tissue, which alleviates pain.

“They have a lot to offer, and that’s why we like OsteoStrong as much as we do,” Cheryl concludes. “The program is really exceptional, so I encourage anyone of any age to give it a try because it’s really been good for us.”

“And I want to add that the certified coaches you work with there are great. They’re all very encouraging, and they do a great job of making sure your positioned right on the devices so you get the most benefit from it.”

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