According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, an alarming one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of fifty will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Each year, the Foundation uses the month of May to draw awareness and attention to this highly prevalent and damaging disease.
As constant advocates for an active and healthy lifestyle to prevent disease, Performance Health is proud to celebrate National Osteoporosis Month and advocate for the “Break Free from Osteoporosis” campaign. We encourage everyone young and old to learn about the risk factors of bone degeneration and what you can do to prevent it. You can join in with the National Osteoporosis Foundation in multiple ways:
- Learn about healthy lifestyle changes that build strong bones.
- Donate to support the Foundation and its efforts in fighting osteoporosis.
Regular exercise is one of the most important things that can help improve or maintain bone mass. TheraBand resistance exercise has been proven to improve bone mass and reduce falls in osteoporosis patients.
Physical Therapist Sara Meeks PT has developed an exercise program using TheraBand resistance and foam rollers. Download and print her TheraBand exercises for osteoporosis here.
If you want to learn more about the research behind osteoporosis rehab, preventive exercises and more, visit the TheraBand Academy.