Thursday, April 8, 2010

Physical Therapy

I had my first visit with my new Physical Therapist today. She was awesome! How lucky can I be? We sat and talked and went over my health history. We talked about osteoporosis and about exercise.

Then I learned a number of very simple exercises that will eventually be part of an exercise "routine" of sorts. The exercises take moves from Pilates and breathing from yoga to create a workout that is safe and affective for someone with osteoporosis or osteopenia. The routine will loosen areas where my muscles are tight, and tighten areas that are not.....all in an effort to get all of my muscles working equally no matter what I am doing. I will be seeing her once a week for now so she can watch my progress and add new exercises each week. She might even put me on some of the pilates equipment at some point. That would be cool.

It was a wonderful visit with lots of education. The PT is about my age and she has osteopenia. This is a physical fitness expert....and she has bone loss. It just goes to show you that it can happen to anyone. It isn't a problem for only tall, thin women, or older women, or people that don't get enough calcium, or people that don't exercise.....it happens to men and women, people that are young and people that are older, people that take calcium and those that don't, active people and couch potatoes....it doesn't matter....anyone can suffer bone loss. It has more to do with how your body is functioning and how it is or isn't absorbing calcium.

So now I have all of the parts of my program and I am on my way. I will be eating the right foods, taking the supplements my body needs and exercising safely and in a way that will help my bones. I will also be going for a bone density test on Monday. That way I will know what my scores are right now as I start my bone building program.

Thanks so much for all of your wonderful and supportive comments. I'll let you know my test results when I get them....but that's it for the osteo talk for a while. Make it a great day and do something really, really nice for yourself today!

11 comments:

Bluebell said...

Glad it went well, you sound really happy with the outcome, thats good I do so admire your positivity.
Love Jillxx

Lanyardlady said...

You have a great plan in place.

Mary said...

continued good luck!

Oklahoma Granny said...

So glad everything is working out for you.

Lori said...

Sounds great! Good luck with everything and keep us posted.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

So glad to hear your plan makes you happy! I think it's cool that she talked to you first before just assigning you stuff to do.

Angela said...

All of you "Osteo Talk" is okay!! You have to sort these things out. Sometimes it is easier to just type it all out! Plus, you get opinions and support while figuring things out!! I am glad you found a great PT and a great doctor!

Nancy said...

That's all so interesting. I'm glad you found a PT you can relate to so well. She sounds like she'll really be of help to you. I'm looking forward to the results of your dexascan and your future visits with the PT. Thanks!

Nancy

gayle said...

I am so glad you pt visit went well. Do you mind me asking does insurance pay for it? I think I will check out when I had my last bone density test!!

Matty said...

Having someone work with you who has a similar experience can only be a good thing. Sounds like you're on the right track.

Beth Anderson said...

Yeah! You're on the right road Kathy!

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