Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones: your bone health

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Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones: your bone health

When Sophy Kohler had her first, and as it turned out last, ju-jitsu lesson, the martial arts instructor fractured her sternum. Kohler, who is now 29 and works in publishing, felt “strangely thankful” towards him, because it led to her diagnosis of osteopenia – pre-osteoporosis – and then later osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. Kohler had also suffered a knee injury the previous year. There was no known cause to her illness, although both her mother and her grandmother suffer from osteoporosis.

Guy Ashburner, an osteopath who practises from Constantia (osteopathy is a drug- free non-invasive manual therapy that emphasises the role of the musculoskeletal system), explains that bones play a “major role in our wellbeing”. Bones provide structure, protect organs, provide an attachment for muscles, and store calcium within the body. It’s vital to consider bone health as we age, because low bone mass can result in weak bones and potentially bone illnesses such as osteoporosis and osteopenia.

After Kohler’s diagnosis, she was told that had until she was 25 to reverse the effects of the disease. “I was given a combination of things to take: calcium and vitamin D supplements, and a drug called Protos, the only drug at the time that was able to prevent the loss of bone and to build bone. I was also told not to smoke, to drink minimal alcohol and no fizzy drinks. But most of all, my doctor stressed the importance of weight-bearing exercise, like running, to stimulate bone formation.”

Ashburner confirms the importance of exercise. Physical activity and weight-bearing exercises are important in childhood as we’re developing, because […]