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    How can an exercise physiologist help osteoporosis patients?

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  • Dr Carmel Nottle

    Exercise Physiologist

    I have been an Accredited Exercise Physiologist since 2006 and I am currently working both as a practicing professional and also as a lecturer teaching … View Profile

    Exercise is a beneficial way to help both treat and manage Osteporosis however it needs to be done correctly to reduce the risk of injury.  The correct exercise can place stress on the bone which is required to help stimulate the growth of new bone which in turn increases Bone Density.  An Exercise Physiologist will be able to tell you what is required but more importantly what is safe based on your Osteoporosis, other medical history and previous exercise history.

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    Joanna Jaques

    Exercise Physiologist

    Joanna Jaques is the principal Exercise Physiologist and owner of Active Partnerships, a private practice located in Mosman, Sydney. With over 10 years in the … View Profile

    As Carmel said an Exercise Physiogist can help to prescribe the correct “dose” of exercise which is safe and will have the greatest benefit for strengthening bones.  Continuing to see an Exercise Physiologist is important to ensure your initial program is progressed and varied as your body adapts and gets stronger.  One of the crucial elements of a bone strengthening exercise program is intensity or “level of challenge”.  This needs to be maintained at a moderate to high level, relative to each persons strength, to continue to achieve maximum bone health benefits. 

    Seeing an Exercise Physiologist over the longer term can also assist with maintaining motivation to keep exercising. Life-long exercise is crucial to maintain bone health and prevent falls for people managing osteoporosis.

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