Weight Bearing Exercise
Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our clients say:
..I have found the testing offered by Karen at the clinic really helpful & informative. It was great to have the ultrasound bone density scan done 6 monthly & also my vitamin D levels checked 6 monthly without having to visit my GP..
I highly recommend this form of exercise – and in particular, Susan’s classes. She is extremely knowledgeable about all forms of exercise and especially the benefits of weight training for women with osteoporosis. Her approach is holistic and very wholesome! Try it.
Introducing the Osteoporosis team
Nutritional Therapist DipIHS, NTOI
RGN, Bone Densitometrist
The Osteoporosis Clinic Ireland is a multi disciplinary clinic for bone health providing a unique triple therapy approach, including nutritional therapy, specific physiotherapy designed exercises and testing, for people with osteopenia or osteoporosis. We also offer the opportunity of early diagnosis for those predisposed to this disease.
Susan Boland, Nutritional Therapist & Karen Byrne, Registered General Nurse are bringing the clinic around the country to facilitate our clients. We work with a local Physiotherapist in each area and where possible follow up consultations will be with the same Physiotherapist. Your first appointment lasts approximately an hour & a half and includes assessment on a one to one basis by Susan, Karen and our Physiotherapist.
Susan our Nutritional Therapist will address your specific needs in relation to your bone health, address digestive issues & recommend a suitable diet, nutrition and supplements as required.
Karen our Nurse will do an ultrasound bone density scan, which is carried out on the wrist & shin & gives an osteoporosis risk index. The result is given immediately and a copy is given to you.
This scan is carried out 6 monthly to monitor your progress with our program between your 2 yearly DXA scans. She will also review your previous DXA scan & explain the results to you, if you have had one.
You will also see our Physiotherapist who will assess you and give you exercises to help improve your bone density, balance and posture. This is also done on a one to one basis according to your lifestyle & level of activity.
Your follow up consultations are available to you at 3 to 6 monthly intervals, in each location countrywide. Duration approximately one hour. As part of the program we also address stress levels and sleep patterns with our clients as these have an impact on bone health.
Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease of the skeletal system that is characterized by the deterioration of bone tissue, along with the decrease in bone mass making bones fragile and more likely to break.
This is a silent disease affecting one in two women and one in four men over the age of fifty in Ireland, although all age groups can be affected. Approximately only 15% of people with osteoporosis are diagnosed. 90% of hip fractures are due to this disease. Research has shown that education in bone health and early stage intervention, especially when the condition is hereditary, will prove beneficial. We have developed this clinic together to provide the most up to date research for our clients.
It is estimated that 300,000 people in Ireland have osteoporosis and many receive hospital treatment for fragility fractures every year as a result, with wrist, hip and fractures of the vertebrae the most common types of breaks.
However, they can also occur in other bones, such as in the arm, ribs, pelvis, leg or ankle. There are usually no warning signs an individual has developed osteoporosis and it’s often only diagnosed when a bone is fractured/broken after even minor falls. Loss of bone-building materials can occur as the body ages, and is particularly prevalent among post-menopausal women.