Osteoporosis and Rebounding
Strengthen Your Bones With Rebound Exercise!
Osteoporosis is the medical term used to describe holy bones. Osteo = bone, porosis = contains pores. All human bones contain holes, so osteoporosis is a relative term usually meaning more and bigger holes or pores than is desirable. Actually, osteoporosis is the decalcification of bones to the point of them becoming weaker and easier to be broken. The condition is found most prevalently in astronauts, senior citizens, and those who are bedridden. That is because bones have the ability of becoming stronger under stress and weaker when there is no stress. Gravity is the natural opposition (the good kind of stress) that makes live things strong.
Under healthy conditions, most forms of exercise will strengthen the bones, but when osteoporosis is known to exist, it is best to exercise without instantaneous trauma and impact on the weight bearing joints.
“Exercise can be helpful in building and maintaining strong bones. Exercise that forces you to work against gravity – so called weight bearing exercises such as walking or jogging [and rebounding] are beneficial …If you are at risk for osteoporosis, your doctor will most likely include exercise as part of your overall treatment program.” 1
“The minitrampoline [rebounder] provides a convenient form of exercise with a major advantage being its apparent low level of trauma to the musculoskeletal system.” 2
“If you have osteoporosis, you might be wondering if you should exercise at all. The answer, for most people, is yes. You should speak with your doctor or ask for a referral to a specialist in physical medicine to learn what type of exercises you can do safely, not only to preserve bone, but also to strengthen your back and hips and maintain flexibility. Your doctor will be able to help you design an appropriate exercise regimen. Keep in mind, however, that exercise alone cannot prevent or cure osteoporosis.” 3
Rebounding, along with good nutrition and medication, is important for good osteoporosis control, but exercise has value only if it’s done regularly. Rebounding can be done everyday at a moment’s notice.
Rebound Exercise has been known to:
• Strengthen muscles, tendons and ligaments,
• Help bones become mineralized, dense and strong,
• Help develop balance and coordination,
• Maintain Homeostasis,
• Improve the flow of blood through the small blood vessels of the bones,
• Increase the heart’s pumping power,
• Increase lymphatic system circulation,
• Improve efficiency of the immune system.
• It helps you look better and feel better.
• It gives you a sense of control of your overall health.
1National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1150 17th Street, Suite 500, NW, Washington D.C. 20036
2Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 1990: 10; 401-408
3National Osteoporosis Foundation www.nof.org