Osteoporosis Month 2015: Practice Meeks Method Strategies

Posted by Matt on 5/13/2015 to Exercise Accessories

May is National Osteoporosis Month, and this month we would like to feature our various OPTP foam rollers, which according to the popular Meeks Method helps reduce postural changes associated with osteoporosis.

Foam rollers can be great tools for several of the points of the Meeks Method 12-point approach, including Site-Specific Exercise, Postural Correction, Weight-Bearing Exercise, and Modalities. Let’s take a look at these four points and how our different foam rollers can be of use.

Site-Specific

According to the Sara Meeks website, “Site-specific Exercise” refers specifically to concentrating on muscle groups in the spine and hips called the erector spinae and the gluteal muscles. Foam rollers are made to be site specific, as you can bear weight, roll and balance on the roller in a variety of positions.

OPTP Dual Foam Smart-Roller

For instance, the OPTP Dual Foam Smart-Roller is designed with a special shape to facilitate balancing exercises that can help determine problem sites and work out contractures. The flat surface on top makes it more practical to balance on the spine, like the woman in the photo above.

Postural Correction

OPTP Dual Foam Smart-Roller

Using the OPTP Dual Foam Smart-Roller is also useful for Postural Correction. Unhealthy postural changes are associated with osteoporosis, so using the roller to correct posture strengthens muscle and bone health.

Weight-bearing Exercise

The third point from the Meeks Method we would like to point out is the importance of weight-bearing exercise, which the Meeks Method defines as “bearing the body weight through the bones.” Lifting weights, using gym equipment or swimming are resistance exercises, not weight-bearing.

OPTP Pro-Roller Soft Pink

Foam rollers, such as the OPTP Pro-Roller Soft Pink, are examples of tools that can be used for weight-bearing. This softer pink roller makes weight-bearing more comfortable and can prevent putting too much pressure on the area of the body where weight is being exerted.

Modalities

Finally, the last point we’ll look at is Modalities. This includes addressing pain and discomfort through a variety of techniques, including massages and myofascial releases. According to breakingmuscle.com, self-myofascial release has traditionally been done with foam rollers, which are usually found only in gyms. Skip the gym and get a foam roller for home use.

OPTP Pro-Roller Firm Blue

The OPTP Pro-Roller Firm Blue is ideal for self-myofascial release. Roll over this firmer foam roller on problematic muscle groups that need to be loosened. Untying these “muscle knots” will not only make you feel great, but also reduce injury risks.

Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about foam rolling activities that could be beneficial for you and your level of bone strength. Foam rolling is simple but carries a ton of benefits.

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