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Exercise in the McHenry Chiropractic Treatment Plan for Osteoporosis

Physical activity is good for everyone. Period. For those who deal with certain health conditions like osteoporosis, physical activity is even more logical to counter its effects on daily life. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic cares for osteoporotic patients who fear that they may hurt themselves if they exercise or do too much. Our McHenry chiropractic patients who deal with osteoporosis are urged to be physically active to decrease that fear and improve their quality of life.


Quality of life is crucial! Post-menopausal women with osteoporotic vertebral fractures who joined in a 1 hour group exercise session two times a week for 6 months appeared to have significant improvement in functional capacity measures – meaning they could function and move around better - and a reduced risk and fear of falls. (1) That is a big deal! The occurrence of osteoporotic fractures is more than 40% which often culminate in reduced quality of life, greater risk of mortality after the fracture, greater economic demand, depression, loss of independence as well as pain. (2) It is no wonder that our McHenry osteoporotic patients fear falling! Falling is risky due to the possible damage it can wreak on bones and the rest of the body which is especially not good for an person with osteoporosis and weakened bones! And fear of falling prevents one from fully participating in life. Exercising or doing physical activities that you can easily perform is important!


OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is well aware that not every patient complies with on our exercise recommendation. No shame or guilt from OrthoIllinois Chiropractic! That’s how we humans are! We would like to see our McHenry osteoporosis patients boost their activity level in some way as we are sure it will have a positive effect. In a review of 20 published studies (1824 patients), exercise significantly increased lumbar spine and femoral neck bone mineral density and alleviated pain for primary osteoporosis patients. (3) Another study that is on-going is testing how a 24-weeks-of-a-personalized exercise routine of aerobic and strength training exercises may expectantly positively affect muscle strength, balance, and bone mineral density as well as pain. (4) With you, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic will put together the right mix of activities to boost your desire to take part in some physical activity exercise!

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Osteoporotic patients must know that physical activity and exercise benefits them physically and mentally, improving their quality of life. Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kevin Moriarty on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he details treatment of a compression fracture of bone following The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Then, schedule your McHenry chiropractic visit soon! We are honored to be your healthcare partner as you face osteoporosis.

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