As the human body ages, our bones begin to lose their density, which can lead to an increased risk of fracture and other issues. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to offer up some tips for improving your bone health.
Calcium, Calcium, Calcium!
Consuming calcium is a great way to improve the strength and density of your bones. Make sure you’re getting enough calcium by eating dairy products, fish, dark green vegetables, almonds, and other calcium-rich foods. If you’re not getting enough calcium from your diet, try calcium supplements to offset the difference. Check with your doctor to see how much calcium is recommended for your age and specific situation.
Cut Down on Smoking and Drinking
Smoking and Drinking excessively can negatively impact your bone health and lead to increased degradation over time. Quit smoking and only drink in moderation to curtail these effects.
Exercise is another excellent way to improve your bone health. Weight-bearing exercises like running, tennis, basketball, or dancing are all great for building bone density. If you are already struggling with osteoporosis, be sure to check with your doctor about what type of exercises they recommend for you so you don’t overdo it!
Rehabilitation Specialists in Minnesota
At OrthoRehab Specialists, we have more than three decades of experience working with patients throughout the Twin Cities and state of Minnesota. Our physical therapists work hand-in-hand with patients to help them regain their lost mobility and range-of-motion after an injury, surgical procedure, or debilitating condition. We offer direct access to physical therapy, meaning you can set up an appointment with us regardless of whether or not you have a referral. Contact us today at our Minneapolis or Edina clinics to learn more about our services and to set up your appointment!