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Working with Osteoporosis and Osteopenia Part B

presented by Margaret Martin

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In Part B of Working with Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, Margaret Martin will cover the application of specific exercises for clients with low bone density, osteopenia and osteoporosis. Margaret demonstrates balance, flexibility, postural and strength exercises. She also provides and overview and demonstration of Tai Chi for people with osteoporosis.

Meet Your Instructor

Margaret Martin, PT, CSCS

Margaret is a Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and Certified Yoga Teacher with over 27 years experience helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Margaret has practiced in California, Ontario and British Columbia. Margaret is the author of several books on osteoporosis including Exercise for Better Bone and Yoga for Better Bones.…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Beginner Balance Exercises

The Balance Exercises in this Chapter have been developed for the Beginner Level Exercise Program. The Beginner Level Exercise Program is designed for people who are either low, moderate or high fracture risk. The Balance Exercises provided will make your clients more stable and will have a direct impact on reducing their fracture risk. With clients that have intact somatosensory systems, I have found balance to be one of the areas of fitness that improve the fastest. By the end of this Chapter, you will be able to instruct beginner level clients in appropriate balance training exercises.

2. Active Balance Exercises

The Active level balance exercises in this Chapter are more dynamic in nature than the Beginner Level Balance exercises. Some of your clients may be at an Active strength level but a Beginner balance level. The Balance Exercises in this Chapter have been developed for the Active Level Exercise Program. The Active Level Exercise Program is designed for people who are either low, moderate or high fracture risk. By the end of this Chapter you will be able to instruct Active level clients in appropriate balance training exercises.

3. Posture Building Exercises

Perfect posture is the foundation for all movement. If your client is able to maintain optimal postural alignment, you may wish to use the posture building exercises presented in this Chapter as a screening tool for flexibility and strength within the postural muscles. By the end of this Chapter you will be able to instruct your clients in posture retraining exercises.

4. Flexibility Exercises

This Chapter provides flexibility exercises that are appropriate for all of the Exercise Levels. They can be used the Beginner, Active, Athletic or Elite Level Exercise Programs. These exercises were selected to allow your clients to build their flexibility without putting them at risk of a fracture. If your client is not flexible, his range of motion will be restricted and he may have to compromise his body position. As a result, I always include a flexibility assessment when I take on any new clients. If their flexibility is not where it should be, I encourage them to incorporate flexibility exercises into their program. By the end of this Chapter, you will understand all of the Flexibility exercises in the program.

5. Beginner and Active Strength Theory

This Chapter covers the progression of exercises from Beginner to Active levels and the motivation for selecting the specific exercises. By the end of this Chapter you will understand the theory behind the Beginner and Active level strength exercises.

6. Beginner and Active Warm Ups

This Chapter teaches you to instruct beginner level clients in warming-up. You will learn an appropriate exercise plan, and learn the necessary steps to appropriately work with a client through this plan. Warm-ups demonstrated are the Energy Tree, Curtsey, and Marching.

7. Beginner Strength Exercises

This Chapter covers each of the individual Beginner level Strength exercises and includes tips for professionals. By the end of the Chapter you will understand the Beginner Strength exercises.

8. Active Strength Exercises

This Chapter covers each of the individual Active level Strength exercises and includes tips for professionals. By the end of the Chapter you will understand the Active Strength exercises.

9. Tai Chi

This Chapter describes the foundation of Tai Chi practice. Tai Chi has been shown to be an effective exercise form for people with low bone density, osteopenia and osteoporosis. By the end of this Chapter you will understand the benefit of Tai Chi as it relates to bone health.

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