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Exercise in the Richmond Chiropractic Treatment Plan for Osteoporosis

Physical activity is good for everyone. Period. For those who experience certain health conditions like osteoporosis, physical activity makes even more sense to offset its impact on daily life. Johnson Chiropractic sees osteoporotic patients who worry fearfully that they may harm themselves if they exercise or do too much. Our Richmond chiropractic patients who have osteoporosis are encouraged to be physically active to reduce that fear and enhance their quality of life.


Quality of life is important! Post-menopausal women with osteoporotic vertebral fractures who took part in a 1 hour group exercise session twice a week for 6 months displayed significant improvement in functional capacity measures – indicating that they were able to 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 greater than 40% which often result in reduced quality of life, enhanced risk of mortality after the fracture, higher economic demand, depression, loss of independence as well as pain. (2) It’s no wonder that our Richmond osteoporotic patients worry about falls! Falling is risky due to the potential damage it can do to bones and the rest of the body which is particularly not good for an osteoporotic with weakened bones! And fear of falling prevents one from fully enjoying life. Exercising or performing physical activities that you can safely perform is important!


Johnson Chiropractic is well aware that not every patient does on our exercise recommendation. No shame or guilt from us! It’s human nature. We would like to see our Richmond osteoporosis patients increase their activity level in some way as we are sure it will have a beneficial impact. In a review of 20 published studies (1824 patients), exercise significantly improved lumbar spine and femoral neck bone mineral density and lowered pain for primary osteoporosis patients. (3) Another study that is underway is testing how a 24-weeks-of-a-personalized exercise routine of aerobic and strength training exercises might expectantly positively impact muscle strength, balance, and bone mineral density as well as pain. (4) Together, Johnson Chiropractic and you will put together the right mix of activities to raise your desire to participate in some physical activity exercise!

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

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