Do weighted vests help with osteoporosis?

September 10, 2022

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones in the body to become weakened and more prone to breakage. Women who have passed menopause are most at risk for osteoporosis. There are a few preventive measures that at-risk individuals can take to help reduce their risk. These include a healthy diet and weighted exercises during PT. Keep reading to learn why physical therapists use things like weighted vests as tools to help treat patients with osteoporosis.

What are some reasons why some physical therapists use weighted vests to treat osteoporosis?

  • Prevents bone loss — Research has shown that bone loss can be prevented in those who participate in weighted exercise programs. Wearing a weighted vest can help strengthen bones, which is essential for osteoporosis patients.
  • Improves balance — Weighted vests are good for improving balance in osteoporosis patients. This is important because working on balance can help prevent potentially disastrous falls that could fracture bones. The added weight forces patients to strengthen the muscles involved in keeping good balance throughout the body and being able to correct themselves before falling.
  • Easier to walk with — Wearing vests with weight in them is one way for patients to complete exercises without having to carry bulky barbells, and it makes it easier to complete a variety of movements, such as walking, running and squatting. It can intensify exercises like walking, making regular workouts easier for people with this type of condition.

Alliance PTP is ready to help you find top-notch weighted vest PT for osteoporosis

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we’re proudly bringing together physical therapy practices across the country to help people get the high-quality PT they need. Want to see a physical therapist in person? We can put you in touch with an Alliance PTP partner that’s close to you and that can help you address your weakened and brittle bones.

Not keen on in-person PT sessions or not close to an Alliance PTP partner? No worries. We also offer effective and affordable virtual physical therapy through our Agile Virtual Physical Therapy platform.

Contact our team today so we can help you find the most effective physical therapy services for your injury or condition.