NEW PROGRAM MAY HELP COMBAT OSTEOPOROSIS
Kansas City, Mo. -- May 9, 2005 - Bone density improved in women within a few months of doing Bones for Life® lessons, the program's originator Ruthy Alon reported today at the Aerospace Medical Association's annual meeting. The women learned to do weight-bearing movements with an efficiently aligned spine.
"Bones for Life® improves posture, restores equilibrium, and enhances the pleasure of moving," said Alon. "Your bones reliably sustain your weight, and movement becomes pleasurable, inspiring self confidence and biological optimism."
Bone Mineral Density (BMD) improved in a statistically significant
way in the 31 female participants, aged 28 - 69 years old, who worked
with Ruthy Alon for four months, meeting three hours per week. BMD is a measurement to diagnose osteoporosis, which is a bone disease that can lead to bone fractures, disability and even death.
Alon reported that Bone Mineral Density (BMD) improved in the forearm (the distal radius). The diagnostic device used in study was a Speed of Sound Sonometer. Before doing the Bones for Life Program, testing showed BMD scores ranged from minus 3.70 to plus 1.40. After four months in Alon's program, BMD scores ranged from minus 3.50 to plus 2.70, a statistically significant improvement.
Alon is a Senior Trainer in the Feldenkrais Method®. She was one of Moshe Feldenkrais's original students. She continues to teach internationally and is now training others to teach Bones for Life in the U.S. and other countries. To learn about Bones for Life and where it is taught, see www.bonesforlife.com.