Osteoporosis is the medical term used to describe holy bones. Osteo = bone, porosis = contains pores. All human bones contain holes, so osteoporosis is a relative term usually meaning more and bigger holes or pores than is desirable. Actually, osteoporosis is the decalcification of bones to the point of them becoming weaker and easier to be broken. The condition is found most prevalently in astronauts, senior citizens, and those who are bedridden. That is because bones have the ability of becoming stronger under stress and weaker when there is no stress. Gravity is the natural opposition (the good kind of stress) that makes live things strong.
Under healthy conditions, most forms of exercise will strengthen the bones, but when osteoporosis is known to exist, it is best to exercise without instantaneous trauma and impact on the weight bearing joints.
"Exercise can be helpful in building and maintaining strong bones. Exercise that forces you to work against gravity – so called weight bearing exercises such as walking or jogging [and rebounding] are beneficial ...If you are at risk for osteoporosis, your doctor will most likely include exercise as part of your overall treatment program." 1
"The minitrampoline [rebounder] provides a convenient form of exercise with a major advantage being its apparent low level of trauma to the musculoskeletal system." 2
"If you have osteoporosis, you might be wondering if you should exercise at all. The answer, for most people, is yes. You should speak with your doctor or ask for a referral to a specialist in physical medicine to learn what type of exercises you can do safely, not only to preserve bone, but also to strengthen your back and hips and maintain flexibility. Your doctor will be able to help you design an appropriate exercise regimen. Keep in mind, however, that exercise alone cannot prevent or cure osteoporosis." 3
Rebounding, along with good nutrition and medication, is important for good osteoporosis control, but exercise has value only if it’s done regularly. Rebounding can be done everyday at a moment’s notice.
• Strengthen muscles, tendons and ligaments,
• Help bones become mineralized, dense and strong,
• Help develop balance and coordination,
• Maintain Homeostasis,
• Improve the flow of blood through the small blood vessels of the bones,
• Increase the heart’s pumping power,
• Increase lymphatic system circulation,
• Improve efficiency of the immune system.
• It helps you look better and feel better.
• It gives you a sense of control of your overall health.
1National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1150 17th Street, Suite 500, NW, Washington D.C. 20036
2Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 1990: 10; 401-408
3National Osteoporosis Foundation www.nof.org
"Hi, my name is M. Sue Tripp. I purchased a Rebounder from Al in 1981 after the death of my husband. Over time I lost interest in the unit and passed it on to someone else. Bad move.
In 1985 I remarried. My new husband and I had a friend in Oregon who had been diagnosed with cancer and had chosen to follow an alternative route from radiation, chemo and drugs to take care of himself. He purchased a big trampoline and altered his eating habits and used numerous vitamin supplements and other alternative therapies. When he was first diagnosed he was given six months to live. He lived seven years under his own steam and with the help of the trampoline and alternative choices.
This friend encouraged us to use a big trampoline for our own exercise program. We were alreadyRebounding gives your bones just enough stress to mineralize without trauma to the joints. walking four miles a day and had entered a walking race when we were 57 years old and both won second place, (we were racing against much younger male and females and were given no handicaps.) We were in good shape and decided to stay that way with following his suggestion and purchased a big trampoline.
We worked out with our own program, had a physical sports professional view a video we made and proceeded to start developing our own video for exercise to be used by those over 55.
However, our plans were changed due to various circumstances and we were unable to finish the project and ended up on a traveling trip of some eight months. On that trip we took a small rebounder because we didn’t want to lose the benefits of jumping for joy and health.
After that trip we were divorced (not because of the trip but because we found we were wanting to go different directions with our lives).
Upshot of the divorce was that he ended up with the trampolines and I had none. Horrors! I then contacted A.I.R. and purchased my own which sits in my bedroom for me to jump on everyday. I have been doing this for ten years for at least 15 min. per day and sometimes more and sometimes less.
Now, the whole point of this story is that my friend, who is a Nurse Practitioner, suggested that I have a free bone density test at her office, just for information and because I am now 67 years young. After I was given the heel scan, the nurse looked at me and asked me if I take extra calcium.
I said, "Not on a regular basis, only when I remember, and I do take supplements which have a small amount of calcium." She actually was so excited about my reading that she couldn't believe my age. She said, "You have the bones of a 17 year old!" The reading was done with a Sahara Clinical Bone Sonometer and measured a T-score of 2.8.
Pretty amazing for someone my age.
Just wanted you to have this new testimonial from one happy, unmarried, healthy lady who is looking forward to more healthy years on my ReboundAIR™. I'm sure that this test was a result of my exercise on a trampoline, my eating habits and good mental health.
Thank you Al for all your research and dedication to this form of exercise. It works wonders (if you work at it)."
--Sue Tripp From California
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