No Pain: All Gain

2018-06-OsteostrongBy Eleanor McKenzie

Osteostrong® is a biohack that strengthens your very foundation – your skeletal system. In only a few minutes weekly, and without breaking into a sweat, you improve bone density, improve posture and balance, reduce joint and back pain, as well as reverse osteoporosis. The system is in Marbella now and Society has been trying it out.

OsteoStrong in Puerto Banús is a light-filled studio where you are welcomed by a smiling and knowledgeable team who are enthusiastic about the many benefits this system has for people of all ages. If, like me, you are not a gym enthusiast, the sight of the machines may make you pause and wonder what tortures are in store for you, but be assured, there is absolutely no pain or outpouring of sweat required here, yet the results of your efforts come quickly, even if you can’t see them, because they are happening in your bones.

Why does bone health matter?

Let’s start to answer that by looking at bone density and osteoporosis. In the U.S. some 52 million people are affected by osteoporosis and lack of bone density. And, one in three women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture, as will one in five men. Hip fractures are one of the curses of ageing, and mortality rates are in the region of 20-24% in the first year after a hip fracture. And some 40% of cases will have reduced mobility and loss of independence, while 60% will require assistance with day-to-day living.

The traditional approach to treatment is the use of pharmacology plus exercise but while traditional exercise does help in many ways, it does not increase bone density nor does it slow the degeneration due to it’s low levels of impact. However, OsteoStrong offers a way to strengthen and increase bone mass without strenuous exercise or the use of drugs. Instead, all you have to do is use a series of machines, executing only one movement on each, at weekly intervals and this process is called osteogenic loading.

What is osteogenic loading?

Osteogenic Loading (OL) is a brief, intensive resistance exercise for bone health. The basis of osteogenic loading stems from Wolff's law, which shows that the force or loading on bone through its axis can stimulate the bone's natural ability to increase its density. With the help of OsteoStrong’s specially designed Spectrum machines, each one working on a different area of the skeletal system, you can generate the kind of bone growth that you might only get from a high impact activity like gymnastics, except all you have to do is push or press a bar on the machine.

OsteoStrong’s Spectrum system consists of four separate devices designed to emulate impact and people going through this process receive all the benefits of high impact compression without any of the risks!

Ideally, you should be able to press 4.2 times your own body weight, for optimum bone strength. But, when you start at Osteostrong, depending on your age and other factors, you may start off only being able to press say 1.5 times your body weight. Don’t despair, as I found out, and without doing anything other than walking the dog twice daily between Osteostrong sessions, by week two I had doubled my score on one machine and vastly improved the scores on the others. There is a little red line on the machine, and when you push beyond that you have triggered the development of healthy new bone tissue. It’s all happening without you even noticing. It’s not like you’ll feel your bones getting stronger, although you might notice that your posture is better and your energy level is improved, as I have.

Who invented Osteostrong®?

Dr. John Jaquish is the man behind the concept. He began developing it after being told by his Mother that she had been diagnosed with osteoporosis. He began to investigate which types of activities led to strong bones and found it to be high impact. He then created a device to replicate high impact compression through axial loading of bone in a safe and controlled environment.

After successfully reversing his mother's osteoporosis in 18 months as part of his doctoral dissertation in biomedical engineering research at Rushmore University, he conducted four years of testing with human subjects focusing on user comfort, biomechanics and optimal musculoskeletal stimulation. Next, the device he designed was put into production, and has since been placed in over 240 clinics worldwide. Osteogenic Loading has now helped over 30,000 individuals with their bone health. Published data has shown, treatment with this Osteogenic Loading device has resulted in over 14% gains in bone density in both the spine and hip over one year of once-weekly treatment.

Endorsements for Osteostrong®

Tony Robbins, the global lifestyle guru, is a very enthusiastic ambassador for OsteoStrong and is also its Business Development Consultant & Partner. He personally uses the system and in his videos describes the effects he gets from it, which are: increased energy, muscles that feel stronger and your overall feeling of healthiness will ramp up several notches. As he points out in a video, bench presses couldn’t give him the same effect, and anyway he’d never be able to achieve pressing four times his own body weight without damaging himself.

The NHS in the UK is also making Osteogenic Loading available to certain patients and is partnering with an OsteoStrong studio to provide the service, with the NHS funding 50% of the costs. When a major health organisation like the NHS offers a relatively little-known treatment like this, you know it has passed clinical studies and trials, and isn’t just some quick fix devised by an entrepreneur. Indeed, when you visit Osteostrong Marbella you will be able to read these clinical reports from academic journals reviewing their system.

Book your FREE sessions

Currently Osteostrong® Marbella is offering two free sessions. This includes an amazing hydromassage to finish the session off, and if nothing else convinces you to try this system, the massage experience certainly will.

I’m about to see what session three will bring in terms of results, which the machine stores and emails to you by the way, so you can track your progress. And, you don’t need gym gear for these machines; your work clothes are fine and there’s no need to change footwear or anything like that.

To find out more about this amazing biohack visit Osteostrong Marbella on Facebook, Instagram, or osteostrongmarbella.com

 
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