LONDON, October 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Ahead of World Osteoporosis Day on October 20, 2015, excitement is growing over a recent study which shows significant success in reversing bone loss, without the use of pharmaceutical products. In light of the concerns surrounding serious side effects of osteoporosis drugs, it is welcome news that the osteogenic loading system bioDensity™ has been shown to build bone mass among post-menopausal women diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia.
The study, published in the Journal of Osteoporosis and Physical Activity, shows that over the course of 24 weeks using bioDensity once a week, the female test subjects were able to comfortably load up to seven times their body weight on their hips and lower extremities, and up to double their body weight on their spines. These force production levels correlated to an average of 14.9 percent increase in hip bone density, and 16.6 percent increase in spinal bone density, among a subset of subjects undergoing DXA scans.
While consistent with the results of a large-scale, one-year study conducted by University of Wisconsin Stevens Point researchers in 2014, these results for a specifically defined target of postmenopausal women diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia showed even more dramatic bone growth, in a shorter period of time, than that documented for the more general population studied previously.
Based on the well-accepted scientific principles of Wolff's law, osteogenic loading at multiples of body weight has long been recognised as the most effective means of building bone mass. Now with bioDensity, biomedical engineers can generate high enough levels of loading stimulus to accomplish significant bone growth with minimal risk of injury.
"I knew bone loss could be reversed just like muscle loss," said bioDensity inventor John Jaquish, Ph.D., chief science and technology officer for Performance Health Systems. "But there was no existing 'exercise' for bone - so I had to create it."
Jaquish's patented bioDensity system places users in optimal biomechanical positions to safely load multiples of their body weight for short periods of time. The intense compressive forces distort bone mass causing bone synthesizing cells, known as osteoblasts, to absorb minerals to reinforce the structure of the bone, making it harder and less porous. The recommended bioDensity regimen is one session a week, consisting of four brief load exposures that emulate impact loading. Because the load is self-created, the user's comfort ensures the chance of injury is almost nonexistent.
SOURCE Performance Health Systems