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.

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Convalescence and osteopathic rehabilitation

‘Complete rest will result in decreased endurance levels through reduced muscle strength, metabolic activity and circulation. This can cause a sense of fatigue, affecting the patient’s motivation and leading to a vicious cycle of greater inactivity’ Dittmer and Teasell, 1993 “Your body adapts to your physical habits” Bedrest is often necessary for healing injuries, during sickness and following an operation but extended periods of bedrest can have a detrimental impact on your health.

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