Bone & Muscle Health

Bone & Muscle Health Articles

Easy ways to build better bones

There are many ways to build bone mass and reduce fracture risks. Weight-bearing activities and strength training exert force on the bones, which stimulates them to become stronger. Consuming calcium helps make strong bones, and taking vitamin D aids calcium absorption. Medications called bisphosphonates can help to reduce fractures, but do have rare side effects. Lifestyle change can also protect bone health, such as quitting smoking, limiting alcohol intake, and removing fall hazards in the home. More »

Could occupational therapy enhance your quality of life?

It appears that four healthy habits—getting 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, maintaining a body mass index between 18.5 and 27.5, no smoking, and drinking only in moderation—may prevent many cancer cases and death in white people. (Locked) More »

Help for your hands

Seven simple exercises are illustrated. Practicing them daily can preserve strength and flexibility in your hands and wrists and balance the effects of repetitive tasks like typing or gardening.  (Locked) More »

Why do I shrink as I grow older?

Men lose an average of two inches over the course of their lifetimes due to normal aging. There is no way to prevent height loss completely, but regular exercise to maintain good back strength, posture, and bone health can help. (Locked) More »

Make a home gym work for you

Making physical activity a habit takes determination and perseverance no matter what the setting. People who find time and convenience the main obstacles to getting to the gym may benefit from creating a simple workout area at home. Inexpensive items such as small hand and leg weights, portable pedaling machines, resistance bands, and a foam floor mat are perfect for a beginner’s needs. The dedicated exerciser may decide to invest in a professional-quality treadmill or other aerobic machine, or a home gym weight system. (Locked) More »

Warming up a frozen shoulder

While everyday shoulder aches and stiffness are common, if pain and mobility become substantially worse over time, you may have a condition called adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder. While it can be surprising and sometimes scary when it happens to you, the condition is a relatively benign disease that often resolves on its own. You just need to know how to deal with it if it happens. (Locked) More »