Online - Osteoporosis and What You Can Do About It
Online Zoom class for adults, register to receive link to join.
Join Betty as she covers the topic of Osteoporosis and what you can do about it; including Physical Therapy intervention for osteoporosis and the Meeks Method.
In this program we will discuss and define osteoporosis which causes fractures in 1/3 of women and 1/5 of men worldwide. Betty will explain how awareness and understanding of the condition can prevent falls and fractures and improve bone health. Treatment strategies to improve posture, balance, strength and bone health will be addressed. Avoidance of particular movements and positions that increase fracture risk will also be addressed.
About the speaker: Betty Abolafia-Rosenzweig PT
I have been a physical therapist for 40 years and worked in a variety of settings including acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and home health care. In 2015 I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Medication was prescribed by my OBGYN and no further information was provided. I committed to learning more about osteoporosis to improve my bone heath and decrease fracture risk, focusing on the role of physical therapy in the improvement of bone health and fracture prevention. I am currently working towards a certification in the Meeks Method. The Meeks method, developed by physical therapist Sara Meeks, is a program that includes education, work on postural correction, balance, exercise, and body mechanics to improve bone health. All activities are S.A.F.E. (Skeletally Appropriate For Everyone). Since the time of my diagnosis, with the support of my family doctor, my new OBGYN and an endocrinologist specializing in osteoporosis care, I have not taken any osteoporosis medication. Last year, 4 years after I was first diagnosed, my bone density showed improvement, and while not in the normal range it is no longer in the range of osteoporosis. My decision about medication was a personal one based on input from several physicians and beyond the scope of PT. I mention it only to point out that bone density increases are possible even without medication. I am offering this program because osteoporosis is such a prevalent problem that most people know little about. More information can result in fewer fractures and possibly improved bone density and quality.
- Tuesday, September 15, 2020
- 2:00pm - 3:15pm
- Time Zone:
- Central Time - US & Canada (change)
- MFP Library
- This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.