A 2016-published follow-up asked more than 700 people—83% of whom had been diagnosed with osteoporosis—to perform a 12-minute DVD of 12 yoga poses, holding each pose for at least 30 seconds. The study found statistically significant improvement in bone density for the spine and femur among those who practiced yoga.
What is the best exercise for osteoporosis of the spine?
Examples include walking, dancing, low-impact aerobics, elliptical training machines, stair climbing and gardening. These types of exercise work directly on bones in the legs, hips and lower spine to slow bone loss.
What is the best treatment for osteoporosis of the spine?
Bisphosphonates are usually the first choice for osteoporosis treatment. These include: Alendronate (Fosamax), a weekly pill. Risedronate (Actonel), a weekly or monthly pill.
How can I increase my spinal bone density naturally?
10 Natural Ways to Build Healthy Bones
- Eat Lots of Vegetables.
- Perform Strength Training and Weight-Bearing Exercises.
- Consume Enough Protein.
- Eat High-Calcium Foods Throughout the Day.
- Get Plenty of Vitamin D and Vitamin K.
- Avoid Very Low-Calorie Diets.
- Consider Taking a Collagen Supplement.
- Maintain a Stable, Healthy Weight.
What not to do with osteoporosis of the spine?
In fact, all movements that involve spinal flexion should be avoided if you have low bone density. Spinal flexion is when you bend forward, which is why those with fragile bones should avoid movements like lifting heavy objects, some Pilates poses, and certain yoga poses.
Does yoga make your bones stronger?
But emerging research shows that yoga—yes, the mind-calming, tension-relieving, flexibility-defying practice—helps build strong bones too. In fact, just 12 minutes of daily yoga helped improve bone mineral density in older adults with osteoporosis, according to a study in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.