1 in 5 Seniors that experience a hip fracture will not live more than 1 year, this is per the CDC*. If this doesn’t make you nervous, it should. It was this statistic alone that pushed me to give up my 25 year career in Technology and open OsteoStrong Austin so my mother wouldn’t be another statistic.
What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is condition that is the result of losing too much bone and/or not making new bone. Because of this, your bones become weak and hollow(less dense) which increases the risk of a break from a fall. The gold standard today to measure your bone density is a DXA scan which your primary care physician can order for you and note that insurance usually covers this DXA scan once every two years. When should I get a DXA scan? Doctors will tell you that you should get one after the age of 55, however we are seeing more and more people with Osteoporosis in their 40’s. Why is this? There are some genetic factors, and nutritional factors but the most important piece that is missing is High Impact Activity (HIA). When you don’t engage in HIA, you will begin to lose bone after the age of 30.
But wait, I go to the gym and do yoga and Pilates 5 times a week! Going to the gym, doing yoga and Pilates are good for your body – we’d never council you differently. While they are good for your body, they do nothing to help improve bone density. In 2012, a study was published that showed that subjects had to experience at least 4.2 times their body weight in order to trigger the growth of healthy new bone tissue (link below). Now if you are a powerlifter and can move 4.2 times your body weight, then yes – you are building new bone (not very safe). At OsteoStrong, members of all ages, 10yrs old to 90yrs old, easily experience 4 to 10 times their own bodyweight without injury or pain, triggering the development of healthy new bone tissue.
What is Osteogenic Loading?
OsteoStrong sessions utilize a series of robotic musculoskeletal treatment devices that allow axial compression of bone to emulate the effect of impact, we call this Osteogenic Loading. Because of the robotic optimized positioning of the human body, loading forces go through the human bone that are far higher than those seen in daily activity or weight training. Heavy loading is already understood and recommended by all international bodies of medical education, but at OsteoStrong, we make it safer.
In fact, we’ve known for over 100 years that Osteogenic Loading works. In the late 1800’s, Dr. Julius Wolff discovered that bones will adapt to the loads under which they are placed (Wolff’s Law). What we didn’t know until the 2012 Deere & Tobias study (below) was that there is a minimum threshold to triggering osteogenesis. 4.2 multiples of your body weight is the minimum required force to trigger bone growth in the hip joint (the most important place to avoid fracture) and peak forces with adults in conventional resistance exercise only show 1.26 to 1.54 multiples of body weight.
Whole Body Vibration
Specialized tissues make up your skeletal muscles. These tissues change how they function in response to different kinds and rates of stimuli. Most physical therapy exercise is intended to improve muscle strength by increasing the gravitational load on muscles.
Physical therapy vibration platforms, on the other hand, impose hypergravity activity within muscles by using higher accelerations (vibrations). Whole Body Vibration produces short, quick alterations in tendon-muscle complexes, which stimulates muscle spindles and nerve cells. In turn, your muscles have a reflex reaction as they try to dampen vibratory waves.
In addition to empirical results of physical vibration therapy, electromyography (EMG) tests have conclusively supported the ability of Whole Body Vibration therapy to enhance physical therapy programs by improving:
Flexibility, strength and endurance
Hormone profiles, including serotonin
Cardiovascular and circulatory measures
Coordination, balance, gait and posture
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