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« on: March 14, 2017, 02:31:33 PM »

Jan Whitehead is starting Pilates classes at her studio the Zen Den in Whyteladyes Lane for people with Osteoporosis. She has written something about the subject below

Osteopenia and Osteoporosis is also knows as 'The Silent Disease' as most common fragility fractures, mainly in the spine, will be undiagnosed, often non traumatic and there are no symptoms. This is not an ageing disease and can affect you in your 20's, 30's and 40's.  Rebekah Rotstein who trains 'Pilates for Buff Bones' to instructors and health professionals worldwide was diagnosed with Osteoporosis age 28.  One in two women over 50 years old and 1 in 5 men will break a bone during their lifetime. At this point your doctor may refer you for a DEXA scan  and this will give a reading of your bone mass density.  Drugs and surgery can alleviate pain but studies has shown that exercise is the best treatment.  Specifically low impact and bone strengthening.  You can find more information on the National Osteoporosis Society website. https://nos.org.uk

As a Pilates instructor I am invited to workshops with other health professionals to gather more up-to-date information on anatomy and physiology and the movement of the body.  I have been on some interesting training courses and am now a 'Certified Rehabilitation Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist' offering one to one sessions to breast cancer survivors post op. Other training includes 'Lumbopelvic Hip Complex' training and also 'Understanding Osteoporosis and Bone Safe Programming’.

During my training we were advised that traditional Pilates mat exercises is not advisable for those with Osteoporosis but modified classes under the direction of a trained instructor can be safe. I run a Pilates class at my studio on Tuesday mornings at 10.30am which includes strengthening the relevant areas, wrists, hips and spine using small weights, resistance bands and Pilates rings. Also weight bearing exercises, Balance and flexibility with the use of foam rollers.  Flexion of the spine i.e. roll downs, rolling like a ball and jack knifes and any other weight bearing on the spine that is often practiced in Classical Pilates classes is not advisable. The good news is that extension of the spine is encouraged and we all have backs that want to be elongated, lengthened and strengthened.

If you have low bone density, you can improve your bone mass.  The evidence is overwhelming that exercises extends the life expectancy and enriches the mental and physical lives of both the healthy and those less fortunate.

I am a Level 3 Pilates instructor, PureStretch and Body Balance instructor and a Yoga 200 hour alliance (DipFRYOG).  My training is ongoing as a prerequisite by REP’s, the Register of Exercise Professionals.

Please contact me on 07966 273977 or email janet@pilatesandyoga.co.uk to book a class at The Zen Den, my studio in Cookham. You can also see testimonials from my clients on www.pilatesandyoga.co.uk.

My classes are small, personal and friendly and lots of fun.

Janet Whitehead - 07966 273977
janet@pilatesandyoga.co.uk
www.pilatesandyoga.co.uk
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