Tips For Trainers, By Trainers: GYROTONIC® Modifications For Someone With Osteoporosis
Tips For Trainers // May 01, 2017
By Dr. Justine Bernard – Physical Therapist and GYROTONIC® Master Trainer.
There is a lot of fear surrounding the diagnosis of Osteoporosis: porous bones, and yes- the very real risk of fracturing a bone, which does double with the diagnosis of Osteoporosis. This is why the exercise modification for someone diagnosed with Osteoporosis is generally to avoid flexion or curling of the spine.
However, it is not that simple. The more informed you are as a teacher, the more confidence you can instill into your clients to get moving and breathing and to return strength and pliability to their bones.
One of the easiest, and one of my favorite, modifications is to do hamstrings on the floor. We work on the floor because getting on and off the Gyrotonic benches can cause excessive flexion with compression of the spine for someone with Osteoporosis.
Additional benefits include improving balance and a prolonged life! http://www.everydayhealth.com/senior-health/1214/do-it-yourself-health-tests-for-longevity.aspx