Osteoporosis Exercises that Avoid Prolapse Worsening

Osteoporosis exercises
Are you concerned about your risk of bone fracture?

Wondering how to exercise for osteoporosis and prevent your prolapse worsening?

Osteoporosis exercises present a unique challenge for women with prolapse problems with their emphasis on heavy resistance and high impact exercises.

The great news is that appropriate exercises can help you improve your bone health and reduce your risk of prolapse worsening.

 

Read on now to learn:

  • The best exercises to increase bone density
  • Osteoporosis exercises that prevent prolapse worsening:
    1. How to modify resistance training exercises for osteoporosis
    2. How to modify weight bearing exercises for osteoporosis
    3. Does walking improve your bone density?
  • How exercise increases bone density and prevents bone loss

Exercise is one of the most effective lifestyle practices for increasing bone density and preventing bone loss.

Appropriate osteoporosis exercises can help women prevent the loss of bone density. Research shows that the risk of hip fracture is reduced by 38% in mature women who participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity1

The Best Exercises to Increase Bone Density Heavy resistance exercises

Two main types of exercise promote bone development:

1. Progressive high resistance or heavy loading resistance training exercises e.g. heavy weight training exercises

2. Moderate to high impact weight bearing exercises e.g. running, jumping

You can see how these osteoporosis exercises are inappropriate for women with prolapse and after prolapse surgery!

Heavy lifting and high impact exercises increase the risk of pelvic floor overload and these are exercises to avoid with prolapse and after prolapse surgery. This means that these exercises need to be modified.

In addition to these exercises, flexibility and balance exercises are also important inclusions  in bone health exercise programs.

1. Pelvic Floor Safe Resistance Training Osteoporosis Exercises

There are a number of ways women can perform safe resistance exercises for osteoporosis without overloading their pelvic floor. For women with osteoporosis or prolapse the focus of resistance training shifts away from heavy loading light to moderate muscle strength exercises.

To minimise strain on your pelvic floor, keep your resistance exercises consistent with the 10 principles for pelvic floor safe strength training

Examples of pelvic floor safe weight training exercises Modified resistance exercises

Osteoporosis exercises for hips

      • Mini squats*
      • Clam exercises*
      • Calf raises*

Osteoporosis exercises for spine

      • Alternate arm and leg raises *
      • Push backs *

Osteoporosis exercises for wrists

      • Seated biceps curl with wrist rotation*
      • Standing wall push ups*Inside Out Exercise DVD

* Exercises demonstrated in Inside Out Strength DVD – Pelvic Floor Safe Strength Training Workout for Women ( right)

 

2. Pelvic Floor Safe Weight Bearing Osteoporosis Exercises

High Impact Exercises

High impact exercises are usually recommended for bone loading. These exercises involve landing heavily either from a height (e.g. stepping down heavily) or after both feet are off the ground at once.

High impact exercises are unsafe for women with or at risk of prolapse, as well as those women with established osteoporosis.

Low Impact Exercises

The safest weight bearing bone health exercises for women with osteoporosis and/or prolapse are low impact exercises. Low impact exercises

Low impact exercises involve keeping one foot in contact with the ground and so lessen the
impact of landing. Low impact exercises can promote bone health, cardiovascular fitness, endurance and weight control.

Examples of low impact osteoporosis weight bearing exercises

      • Brisk walking
      • Low impact dancing
      • Stair climbing (without heavy step down)

3. Does Walking Increase Bone Density?

While walking has wonderful health and fitness benefits, unfortunately leisurely walking does not increase bone density.

Slow walking is an everyday activity that the body is accustomed to and so it does not load bones sufficiently to promote bone growth.

Walking needs to be brisk to have a positive effect on bone health.

There is no benefit on bone health to be gained from walking with ankle weights or carrying dumbbell weights. Both forms of loading increase the risk of injury.

How Exercise Increases Bone Density and Prevents Bone Loss

Bones are living tissue. Our bones are constantly being remodelled with new bone cells being laid down and bone cells not required being resorbed by the body. Osteoporosis in hip

The stimulus to prevent your bone cells being resorbed and to promote the production of more bone cells comes from loading your bones.

When the body is unloaded, bone density rapidly declines (which is why astronauts rapidly lose their bone density when in a weightless environment).

Bone loading  exercises should be directed at the muscles surrounding those areas most at risk of fracture; the hips, spine, pelvis and wrists.

Key Points for Osteoporosis Exercises and Prolapse

As you can see traditional osteoporosis exercises need to be modified for women who are at increased risk of prolapse. Heavy resistance and high impact exercises
are inappropriate for women with osteoporosis or prolapse.

Pelvic floor safe osteoporosis exercises including appropriate resistance and weight bearing exercises can help you exercise safely for your bone health and protect your prolapse from worsening with exercise.

1Moayyeri A.(2008) The association between physical activity and osteoporotic fractures: a review of the evidence and implications for future research. Ann Epidemiol, 18:827–35

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  1. Thank you Michelle for sharing so many great pelvic floor exercises. I am recovering from a cystocele, rectocele and bladder sling surgery a week ago. It has been slow going and I still have a cath, but I am looking forward to exercising soon to get back in shape and protect my pelvic floor. I think I will begin with walking. This is a great site and I am looking into purchasing your book.

    • Michelle Kenway says

      Hi Penny

      Great to hear from you – hope your recovery runs smoothly and yes walking is the way to get started first 6-8 weeks it’s the main form of exercise for most women.

      All the best to you
      Michelle

  2. Hi Michelle, Thank you so much for all the information you have posted online. You have helped me so much. I have purchased your books and dvd’s. I have osteopenia and anterior and posterior prolapse. I am post menopausal and really need to exercise for my mind as much as my body so this diagnosis has been devastating. Your site has been a godsend at a dark time. I know I can do the exercises you have outlined as safe but I get bored easily and really love the TRX suspension system. I would really love to know if it is safe for me to use it. There are examples of the exercises online. Obviously I can’t do any of the plank positions but I was wondering if you might be able to find some time to look at some of the exercises to assess there suitability? Thank you so much for all the help you have given me already.

    • Author: Michelle Kenway Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist says

      Hi Jules
      Thank you for your lovely message. I understand what you’re saying regarding the sense of devastation, I think this can become much reduced with time especially when you realize just how much you can do physically. Yours is a great question and I would be happy to cover this in an upcoming video for you if you like. As you know there are many exercises possible using the TRX, would you like to see a video on exercises that are generally appropriate using the TRX? Any specifics or start with a general overview? All the best

  3. Hi Michelle,
    Thank you so much for your reply. I’m so excited about this. I would be grateful for whatever you have time to cover. I guess a general overview would be good for everyone. I wouldn’t attempt to do anything other than beginners workouts atm. I have recently started to use the TRX again tentatively (maintaining as vertical a position as possible). I have done T-Fly (being almost vertical when my hands are together).Squats (very small squats ensuring hips are well above knees – like in your Bone-FIt DVD). I don’t know if it is safe to do one-legged squats? Or the lunges with one leg in the strap? I have continued to do Bicep Curls and Triceps sitting on the ball with hand weights – not with the TRX. Any help you can give will be much appreciated Michelle – thank you.

    • Author: Michelle Kenway Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist says

      Hi Jules
      I understand what you’re doing and that all seems sensible for now. Any chance you can email me an image of the TRX system you use? I have ready access to one but want to ensure there’s overlap with yours before filming the exercises. I’m sure there are many options available to you that you’re unaware of. This probably deserves a blog post too as I suspect other women must be experiencing similar issues, cheers Michelle