In this series of Integrative Movement Insider™ I am answering a question/inquiry from a member of our IMI tribe who wrote in asking about exercise progressions for individuals who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and have been recommended to avoid positions such as spinal flexion, lateral flexion, and rotation.

If you work with individuals over the age of 50, you will undoubtedly be working with individuals with osteopenia (moderately decreased bone density) and or osteoporosis (significantly decreased bone density).

As I discussed in video I, the most important thing that you do is to communicate directly with the individual’s primary health care provider so that you understand their recommendations as well as restrictions for your client.

As mentioned above, generally, individuals with osteoporosis of the spine are told to avoid positions of flexion, lateral flexion, and rotation for risk of fracturing weakened vertebrae and ribs.

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to live life without flexing, extending, and or rotating your spine. In fact, not flexing, extending, and or rotating one’s spine will generally lead to greater bone loss and additional joint issues.

It is very important that you follow your client’s health care provider recommendations and also provide your client with a strategy for increasing their bone density.

The great news is there is a lot you can do for your client who has been diagnosed with osteopenia and or osteoporosis.

If you missed the first video where I discuss the most important thing you should do, you can access it here:

Video I

In video II, I’ll discuss two additional functional exercises we will do with our clients who have osteopenia or osteoporosis.

In video III, I’ll discuss another corrective exercise and functional movement pattern that we have our clients that are diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis perform.