Section 1: Exercise for osteoporosis in general

Strength Training ≥2 days a week 8-12 repetitions per exercise. Intensity of 5-8 on a 0-10 scale 0=rest, 10=max Min. 1 exercise each for: legs; arms; chest; shoulders; back. Use: exercise bands; weights, or body weight against gravity. 1-3 sets/exercise. Train at ↓ intensity initially if: sedentary; conditions affecting activity; high fracture risk; strength training novice. See “Intro to theraband” in videos.
Balance Training Daily for ≥15-20min Progress from “standing still” exercises” to dynamic. Can do during daily walks or activities: Standing still: ↓ base of support e.g., Semi-tandem stance, one-leg stand; shift weight between heels & toes while standing Dynamic movements: Tai Chi; tandem walk, dancing
Aerobic Exercise ≥5 days per week, ≥30min/day Moderate- to vigorous- intensity Do bouts of 10 minutes or more – accumulate 30min/day. On a 0-10 scale where 0=rest, and 10=max.effort, aim for intensity of 5-8.
Spine Sparing During Daily Activities Alignment more important than intensity. Modify activities that flex (bending forward) or twist the spine; most risky when rapid, repetitive, weighted, bending all the way forward, or twisting to the side. Videos: www.osteoporosis.ca/after-the-fracture/videos/
Back Extensor Training Daily for 5-10 min Perform “holds” 3-5 seconds. Use Bone Fit back extensor strengthening exercises

Other POSITIVE EFFECTS of Exercise in OP:

Exercise reduces the risk of falls and fractures in osteopenic women already at risk

A 10-week comprehensive exercise & balance program reduced back pain, improved quality of life and balance33 in post-menopausal women with vertebral fractures

A 12-week home-based trunk strengthening program enhanced quality of life in postmenopausal osteoporotic & osteopenic women 11

A low-intensity back strengthening exercise program effectively improved quality of life in osteoporotic patients23

A recent Cochrane review18determined that multiple component group exercise, Tai Chi in a group, and individually prescribed multiple component home exercise all reduces the rates of falls and risk of falling.

If the treatment goal is to prevent falls, a recent systematic review45 indicates that the inclusion of balance retraining in an exercise program is important. Furthermore, the criterion for a minimal effective exercise dose would equate to a twice weekly program over25 weeks. Lastly, the study revealed that exercise programs which did not include walking were more effective in prevention of falls. Therefore, walking programs should not be relied upon as a means to prevent falls.

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