Don’t Be a Humpback – Prevent Humpback

March 17, 2014 @ 7:37 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Last time we discussed the disabilities caused by “humpback” kyphosis.

A major factor in “humpback” is weak back muscles.  Upright posture decreases the strain of gravity pulling you forward.  Strong back muscles maintain upright posture.  A great exercise is to lie on your stomach and then lift your chest and thighs off the floor (or firm mattress).  Do this several times a day.

Far more important is workplace posture.  Too many of us slouch forward because our computer screens are below eye level.  Adjust your work station so that you are comfortable sitting upright, looking straight ahead.  If you are reading from a book or paper, use a slanted stand to bring your work to you.  Don’t be a pretzel trying to bring yourself to your work.

Don’t Become A Humpback

March 14, 2014 @ 7:45 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Many women and men develop a “humpback” as they age – often starting in their 30′s, 40′s, or 50′s.  ”Humpback” or Kyphosis tends to run in families.  There is a genetic component.  But there are factors in nutrition and exercise that you can totally control.  Especially if you start early enough.

You cannot see your “humpback” by looking at yourself in the mirror face to face.  You have to look at yourself from the side, which is hard without a double mirror.  The first clue a woman has, is that she can no longer buy fitted clothing off the rack.  Fitted clothing is designed for people without a “humpback”.  It just doesn’t fit rounded shoulders.

“Bisphosphonate Holiday” 2014

March 8, 2014 @ 8:56 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

“You are entering a Data-Free Zone”   That was unfortunately the messasge at the joint meeting of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) and the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) last month.  We simply do not have data from a study involving tens of thousands of patients.  We do know some things that are helpful.

Bisphosphonates build up in bone over time.  After about 5 years of Bisphosphonate therapy, you should have enough medication in your bones to last for additional years.  How many years?  That depends.  Different individuals lose Bisphosphonates from their bones at different rates.  Different Bisphosphonates tend to stay in bone longer or shorter than others.  We call the time you are able to stop taking medication for a while (because you have enough in your bones already) ”Bisphosphonate Holiday”.

Take Control Naturally – Be A Stork

March 3, 2014 @ 11:13 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

You can Prevent Fractures by being a stork for 5 minutes every day.  How? you ask.  Take Control Naturally with an exercise that improves balance and strength in your ankle and leg.

Falls are part of the reason for most fractures.  As we age, our strength and balance begin to fade.  This causes falls.  Falls cause fractures.  Yoga, Tai Chi, and formal Physical Therapy all increase leg and ankle strength and improve balance.  If you do not have time for yoga or Tai Chi, do this simple exercise every day.