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It’s World Osteoporosis Day on Friday, 20th October 2017

Oct 2 2017 Olivia Hammerschmidt

It’s World Osteoporosis Day on Friday, October 20th to raise awareness and prevention for this ‘silent disease’.
Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, causing a loss of bone thickness (bone density) causing fractures as they become less dense.
Osteoporosis is caused by declining hormones with age such as menopause, a lack of sufficient calcium, vitamin D and a lack of exercise.
Common sites for osteoporosis are the hips, spine and wrists.
It usually has no symptoms until a fracture occurs, hence being called the ‘silent disease’.
Osteoporosis is diagnosed with a bone density scan which takes about 10-15 minutes. There are also some signs & symptoms to look for such as receding gums, brittle finger nails, muscle aches and pains and leg cramps.
One of the ways to help prevent osteoporosis is with exercise such as yoga. Even if you have osteoporosis, exercise can help with the bone mass you have.
The three types of exercise for osteoporosis prevention are weight bearing, resistance and flexibility. These are all achieved in our remedial yoga.
Some of the best yoga poses for osteoporosis are Half-Moon pose, Bridge pose, Dolphin & Dolphin plank, Downward Dog and a Standing Forward Bend. These are all very easily achieved yoga poses and very effective at helping maintain bone density. Join us in our plight against osteoporosis with regular yoga!


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