Posture and osteoporosis

Classically, when women are diagnosed with osteoporosis, modifications to their lifestyle are discussed.

Classically, when women are diagnosed with osteoporosis, modifications to their lifestyle are discussed. Nutritional changes are often made and specific physical activities can be suggested.

How often is posture discussed? I have personally never heard of it. Should it be brought up?

Researchers in 2015 studied the relationship between spinal alignment and the incidence of vertebral fracture in menopausal women with osteoporosis. A total of 1044 postmenopausal women were observed for the incidence of lumbar spine fracture.

What was shown in the study is that the risk for fractures in women with osteoporosis increases with the severity of the postural imbalances in the sagittal plane (when assessing posture in a side view).

Moral of the story: if it’s true that osteoporosis is disorder of the metabolic kind, it is also true that its’ consequences can be worse if posture is misaligned. As such, its likelihood to lead to fractures is greater.

Posturology can help!

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