A new osteoporosis exercise program is now available at the Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic, in downtown Toronto.  This four part program is provided by Gareth Sneath, Registered Physiotherapist and certified Bonefit therapist.

Have you been diagnosed with Osteoporosis?   Do you want to be pro-active in developing a safe and effective exercise program as part of a strategy to prevent injury and reduce the risk of fracture? 

An osteoporosis exercise program is an important element in the management of Bone Health

An osteoporosis exercises program is a recognized tool in managing bone health and reducing injury. Current best practice in the overall treatment of osteoporosis recommends a comprehensive exercise program should be part of your overall strategy to manage this condition. The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic is now offering a state of the art Osteoporosis Exercise program to assist you in managing your bone health. This modular program of exercise is based on the Bonefit © program www.bonefit.ca and endorsed by Osteoporosis Canada www.osteoporosis.ca  Provided by Gareth Sneath PT, MScCH, BoneFit© Certified Physiotherapist, a program will be individually tailored through your physiotherapy assessment. This information is used to determine which exercises are specifically right for you.

Goals of the program

The goal of your exercise program is to:

  • stimulate bone and muscle strength
  • improve balance
  • increase aerobic fitness 
  • enhance good postural alignment

These components are known to reduce the load on bone and decrease the risk of falls and broken bones.

Who can benefit?

The program is right for you if you have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis or Osteopenia (a milder degree of bone loss).  It is also ideal for anyone who is concerned about the risk of developing this condition and wishes to be pro-active in learning how to exercise effectively and safely.

The Program

The complete program consists of four one-on-one exercise instruction sessions.  These sessions will be provided weekly over a four week period. The focus of each session is to provide a combination of instruction and practical exercise performed under the supervision of a BoneFit© certified physiotherapist. Exercises are carefully selected according to your goals, ability, tolerance and safety. Each element is monitored to ensure you understand the purpose, technique and progression of the exercise. The following key exercise components will be incorporated into each of the modules in the program:

  1. Postural alignment
  2. Muscle strengthening
  3. Aerobic fitness
  4. Balance

Once you have completed the initial assessment you can choose to do an individual component or to complete the entire series. As the program is completed you can select an independent program or choose to continue supervision with our registered kinesiologist to support your ongoing management of this condition.

What to expect at your appointments.

Session #1 focuses on determining goals and posture

A thorough history and physical assessment is completed at the first sessionIt is important to bring any test results (X-Rays, Bone Density) or any other diagnostic or medical information (Medications) to the first visit.  In this session, a physical assessment analyzes your spine, shoulder and leg alignment. Height and weight are checked along with specific postural measures, flexibility and strength. Exercise and postural techniques are taught to ensure correct spinal alignment and reduce spinal loading during everyday activities i.e. lifting.  You will practice these exercises under the watchful eye of your physiotherapist to ensure correct technique. The first session is scheduled for 1½ hours.

Session #2 focuses on aerobic exercise.

Weight bearing/impact exercises such as walking on a treadmill and/or step training are selected to incorporate an “impact” factor.  Impact is known to have a positive effect on bone cell stimulation and improve bone health.  A practical session helps to ensure an appropriate intensity is selected.

Session #3 focuses on strength and resistance training.

This session identifies and then targets specific muscles and movements with exercise. Your physiotherapist determines an appropriate amount of resistance for free weights, elastic bands and/or exercises using your body weight in conjunction with the pull of gravity. These types of exercise increase function, improve strength and can positively impact balance.

Session #4 focuses on maintaining or improving balance. 

Falling is a common cause of breaking a bone.  Improving balance is an important part of an injury prevention strategy. This session looks at strategies and exercises for maintaining balance.  This is applied to functional movements i.e. getting out of a chair, sitting, walking, changing direction, negotiating obstacles, etc. The goal is to improve your ability to react to challenges to balance that will reduce your risk of falling. Care is taken to ensure your balance is tested without compromising safety. Sessions 2, 3 and 4 are scheduled for 1 hour.

What to wear

We recommend comfortable, loose clothing and gym shoes as the sessions involve active participation in exercise.

Your Individualized Home Exercise Program

You will be provided detailed exercise instructions in a secure web-based format.  This electronic format allows for customized comments and easy access by computer or smart phone connections wherever you may be.  

Contact us

Contact the clinic @ 416-925-4687 to register for this program or please speak directly to Gareth Sneath if you would like more information. He can be reached at: gsneath@orthophysio.com or by phone@ 416-925-4687