Osteoporosis and Rebounding

Posted on: August 12, 2010
6 comments so far (is that a lot?)

Osteoporosis is a big issue for about 50% of all women over 50 and of about 30% of all men over 50. I want to open this blog to exchange knowledge and experience in this field and I will at another point in time show you Rebounding exercises for bone strength.

  • Katalin Johnson September 6, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I had a bone density test done which showed I had the bones of a 65 year old lady (I was 54 years old at the time). then I bought a rebounder and religiously bounced every day for at least 20 minutes for a year. again I had a bone density test. this time, I had a statistically significant improvement in my results in one years time period. my doctor even sent me a congratulatory letter. so I think the rebounder is great!

    • Sylvia September 7, 2010 at 12:14 am

      Dear Katalin, thank you so much for sharing your achievement. I am so happy for you and your testimonial is so important for our readers who have Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. It is such an encouragement to hear your success story. Thanks again and happy continuous bouncing! Sylvia

  • Suzana August 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Dear Sylvia,
    I’m very grateful for the osteopenia/osteoporosis rebounding exercises.
    I’m aware of the importance of “surprise” to the bones, read a lot about, but didn’t know how to apply it to te rebounder, other than jumping up&down.

    apropos pum-pum: there’s a good de-switching 2 minute “ritual”, here’s the site, very good in any situation.

    A few years ago read about bone-density improvement with “surprise”, for young and fit people (like astronauts and like)
    Lie down with bent knees, lift the pelvis about 10 cm (4″), and drop the pelvis to the ground. Repeat a few times. This kind of “surprise” goes a long way and has a great impact!

    Have a GREAT time in California,

    • Sylvia August 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      Dear Suzana,
      Thanks a lot for your very interesting comment. I immediately tried out the exercise on the video and I have nice hot ears now. :-) The exercise you describe also sounds very good. I’ll do that later. Thanks again. Sylvia

  • Hallie August 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I was wondering, do you have any documentation on the benefits of bouncing on the STRONGER bungee rebounder (firmer) rather than the LESS STRONG bungees (softer) for helping with osteoporosis? Seems to me though that the firmer the rebounder, the better for the bones? I have osteoporosis, and I’ll gladly use the EXTRA STRONG bungee cords if it would help my bones. (the STRONG are a more fun bounce though!)

    By the way, last night I was at a friend’s, and she had a Cellerziser, and I bounced on it and it was horrible! Like bouncing on the floor! I can’t believe people settle for these hard rebounders! And that’s supposed to be one of the softer ones???


    • Sylvia August 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm

      That is a great point Hallie and I think that there are different opinions concerning this question. For many years the opinion that circulated was that you need to have an “impact” because that is how the bones get stronger. Therefore “weight lifting” was considered to be good for those concerned with Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.
      Since a while now, new scientific studies have shown that the way bones get stronger is through a strong and quick impact and they say that weight lifting does not do a lot for the bones. So for instance walking is still considered to be good (not ideal but good) but only if it is brisk walking so that a quick and strong impact is transferred to the bones. Based on those scientific studies, I would say that rebounding with the x-strong bungee bands could be better for you as they give you a quicker bounce return.
      At the same time – for all who read this and who use a Bellicon Rebounder with “strong” and not “x-strong” bungee bands, I have to say that the studies that had been done in Germany and where a group of women in their 60 to 70s brought their bone density decrease to a standstill within 3 months, had been done with a Bellicon Rebounder with “strong” bungee bands and even with softer ones.
      So unless we do a study of two identical twins, one using the strong and the other the x-strong bungee bands, we do not really know which ones work better. My personal guess is that you get great benefits in regards to bone density building when using a Rebounder with the strong bungee band but that if the group in Germany had used a Rebounder with x-strong bungee bands, their results would have even been better. Sylvia