Pilates for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is when bones weaken making them more fragile and then more likely to fracture. Whilst bone loss is a natural part of the aging process, for some people this loss happens faster making them more susceptible to osteoporosis and more at risk of fractures. According to the NHS, over 3 million people in the UK are affected by osteoporosis and more than 500,00 people every year receive hospital treatment for fractures resulting from fragile bones.

Bones are living tissue that respond well to exercise. However if you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis there are certain exercises that are contraindicated. Pilates helps maintain bone strength whilst also working on balance but some of the spine flexion exercises should be avoided by people with osteoporosis


Body Control Pilates devised the Pilates for Bone Health programme specifically for people with osteoporosis. They have also worked with the Royal Osteoporosis Society and some of their Pilates modifications can be found on the ROS website. 

Buff Bones is a full body workout integrating Pilates, balance and bone strengthening exercises that whilst helpful for everybody, is safe and beneficial for those people with Osteoporosis. 


Having completed the Pilates for Bone Health and Buff Bones courses, my Pilates for Osteoporosis classes are specifically for people who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and will work on muscle strength, balance, joint mobility and flexibility. If you’d like to find out more please contact me at sallydoylepilates@gmail.com. Please note you will need to provide your latest DXA scan results and have medical permission to attend, before joining the class


Further information about osteoporosis can be found on the Royal Osteoporosis Society website  https://theros.org.uk

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