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Is Arthro-Pilates™ beneficial to clients with osteoporosis?

Information on this page contains excerpts from an IDEA Health & Fitness article,
written by Sherri R. Betz, PT


Yes!!… Osteoporosis is defined as a systemic skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and micro architectural deterioration of bone tissue with a consequent increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to fracture. One in every two women and one in every four men will suffer an osteoporosis related hip, spine or wrist fracture in their lives. Osteopenia is mildly reduced bone mass, the pre-curser to osteoporosis and a loss of approximately 10-20% indicates the onset of osteoporosis. Clients who have their bone mineral density (BMD) tested receive a T-score which tells them how their BMD compares with that of a young adult (25-30yrs old). A standard deviation (SD) of -1 to -2.5 below the mean indicates osteopenia. An SD of more that -2.5 indicates osteoporosis. For every 1 -point SD drop below the mean, fracture risk doubles.


Standard pilates can actually harm the clients if not taught by an instructor who understands osteoporosis. In this case clients taking standard pilates classes may end up breaking bones as they are exercising to build bone strength.


In the cases of osteopenia and osteoporosis, it is harmful and dangerous to allow clients to perform forward and lateral flexion exercises (abdominal curls and side bends) that are frequently taught in standard pilates classes. Forward and lateral flexion causes excessive compression force on the front surface of the vertebral bodies. The weakened bones of a person with osteoporosis cannot withstand such forces and fractures may or will occur.


Spinal extension is a different story!
One research study showed that people with stronger back extensor muscles had a higher bone density in their spines.


Lori Weisbrod understands this concept and therefore knows which exercises as well as the proper way to get up and down from a pilates mat are beneficial to those clients with osteopenia and osteoporosis. As a result, private Arthro-Pilates™ sessions are highly beneficial to such clients.

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Arthro-Pilates™ Modified Swan with Foam Roller

Lori Weisbrod demonstrates an Arthro-Pilates™ exercise beneficial to clients with osteoporosis.

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Spinal Extensions

Spinal Extensions

Lori Weisbrod teaching her client Annette spinal extension.

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Disclaimer: Lori Weisbrod is a Certified Mat Pilates instructor. She is not a doctor or physiotherapist and is not liable
for any medical concerns that may arise when participating in any fitness program.

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