A Certified Meeks Therapist has advanced training on how to safely work with a patient who has osteoporosis, osteopenia, poor posture or a compression fracture of the spine. If you feel that physical therapy can help you, ask your doctor for a physical therapy referral.
The Meeks Method is a safe, effective and comprehensive physical therapy approach for the management of osteoporosis, osteopenia, compression fracture and poor posture.
This method of treatment will help to:
- Improve your posture & balance.
- Improve your flexibility &
- Decrease your back & neck pain.
- Decrease your risk of falls.
- Decrease your risk of osteoporotic fracture.
Assessment - assessment
of your medical history, medical tests, risk
factors, body height, posture, pain, strength, flexibility, balance and mobility.
Education - discussion
of osteoporosis, your lifestyle risk factors, posture, body mechanics,
exercise, and recommended resources.
Body Mechanics - assessment
and instruction on your activities of daily living.
Correction - restoration of optimal alignment to improve your posture,
decrease your risk of fracture and decrease your risk of falls.
- individualized balance program designed to improve your balance and
decrease your risk of falls.
exercises - individualized exercise
program to improve your bone health with
safe weight bearing exercises.
Modalities - assessment
of your need for moist heat, ultrasound, electric stimulation or manual therapy
to decrease pain and promote healing.
Bracing - assessment,
fitting and monitoring of the Spinomed Spinal Orthosis. This back brace is specifically
designed for compression fractures and osteoporosis. This brace has been scientifically proven to increase
strength, improve posture and decrease pain.
Breathing - assessment of breathing patterns and instruction
of breathing exercises to help improve your core strength and breathing
Relaxation - instruction on relaxation techniques to help
decrease your stress and promote bone health.
Advanced Exercises - individualized exercise program
that will assist your return to safe exercise in your home or in the community.
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