Clients and readers often ask me for a list of recommended products for people with osteoporosis, osteopenia and low bone density. Here is my approved list of recommended products. In many cases, I have used these products, so I know them first hand.
Recommended Products on Amazon
All of the recommended products are available online at Amazon. I am not promoting Amazon. There are other places you can find many of these products but Amazon is hard to beat for price, service and availability. Where possible, I selected products that were available via Amazon Prime. However, since I favour quality of product over Amazon Prime, many products I recommend are available through a third party reseller on Amazon and not Amazon Prime.
Please note that for the majority of these products, I will receive a small commission if you purchase using the link provided.
Table of Contents
- Dynamic Tape
- Back Brace
- Reehut 1/2 Inch Yoga Mat
- Lumbar Support for Sitting
- Lumbar Support for Sleeping
- Stretching Strap
- Foam Roller
- Weighted Vests
- Rocker Board for Balance Training
- Loop Bands
- Burst Resistant Exercise Ball
- Ankle Weights
- Food 4 Osteoporosis
- Weighted Belt
- Hormone Cure
- Reehut Agility Ladder
- The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide
- SoloVie Resistance Band Set (Amazon Canada)
- The Sleep Solution
- Sturdy Step for Workouts
1. Dynamic Tape
Dynamic Tape is a very effective way to allow full movement while reducing localized pain. The product can be hard to find. In the past I have paid a premium to get it through different resellers so I was pleased to find it on Amazon.
2. Back Brace
The Mueller Adjustable Lumbar Back Brace with Lumbar Pad helps provide relief from back pain and can also be used to restrict movement that could put you at risk for further injury. Recommended to help relieve lower back pain from strains, sprains and muscle spasms.
3. Reehut 1/2 Inch Extra Thick Yoga Mat
The Reehut Yoga Mat is a 71 x 24-Inches wide mat that ensures comfort for all-purpose. With high density foam NBR material, the 1/2” thickness premium mat comfortably cushions spine, hips, knees and elbows on hard floors.
4. Lumbar Support for Sitting
The Original McKenzie® SlimLineTM Lumbar Support measures only 2½” deep with the shape of a crescent moon. The SlimLine is ideal for elderly or petite people and those who cannot tolerate larger, more intrusive supports.
5. Lumbar Support for Sleeping
The OPTP Original McKenzie Night Roll maintains support while sleeping on the side or back.
6. Stretching Strap
The original OPTP Stretch Out® Strap is a durable woven strap, approximately 6’4″ long and includes multiple loops for conveniently targeting major muscle groups. Comes with exercise book that features color photos demonstrating more than 30 stretches for core muscles, the back, quads, arms, shoulders, hamstrings and more. However, you should follow the recommendations I provide in the Flexibility section of Exercise for Better Bones.
7. SPRI Foam Roller
Perfect for developing core stabilization, lower-body balance and stamina. May also be used for gentle stretching and self-mobilization of joints and spine.
Foam rollers are available in half-round or full-round formats. The half-round is more stable than the full-round (which rolls as you use it and requires you to keeping the foam roller in place as you use it). One of the advantages of the full-round is that you can easily massage sore or tired muscles after a workout. I have one of each on hand depending on what I feel like doing.
Amazon (US) Full Round Foam Roller
Amazon (US) Half Round Foam Roller
Amazon (Canada) Full Round Foam Roller
Amazon (Canada) Half Round Foam Roller
8. Weighted Vests
Weighted vests provide weight bearing throughout the body when you exercise or go for a walk. I have done a number of reviews of weighted vests for osteoporosis.
Here are my favourites:
9. TheraBand Rocker Board for Balance Training
The square TheraBand Rocker Board offers an unstable and sensory-stimulating surface designed to facilitate rehab, post-rehab conditioning, and fitness applications.
10. Loop Bands – Athletic Level
The NeeBooFit Resistance Loop Band Set includes six exercise/resistance loop bands. The six levels include Light (7-11 lbs), Medium (10-17 lbs), and Heavy (13-21 lbs), X-Heavy (16-27 lbs), XX-Heavy (21-33 lbs), and XXX-Heavy (28-44 lbs). (Canadian readers).
Whatafit Resistance Bands Set, Exercise Bands with Door Anchor, Handles, Waterproof Carry Bag, Legs Ankle Straps for Resistance Training, Physical Therapy, Home Workouts. (Readers in the US only).
11. TheraBands – Beginner Level
TheraBand Latex-Free Resistance Bands are the perfect tool for resistance exercise in the clinic, at the gym, at home, or on the go.
12. Burst Resistant Exercise Ball
This professional grade Burst Resistant Exercise Ball is ideal for your Exercise for Better Bones program.
13. Ankle Weights
The TheraBand Ankle Weights are ideal for home exercise programs. Available in three color-coded weight sets ranging from red (two 1 lb. weights), to green (two 1.5 lb. weights), to blue (two 2.5 lb. weights).
14. Food 4 Osteoporosis — Four Week Eating Plan
Readers interested in a healthy diet that is bone friendly should consider two books byRegistered Dietitian Nutritionist, Nancy Robinson. Nancy has written several articles on MelioGuide and specializes in osteoporosis nutrition issues.
- Order Food 4 Osteoporosis Four Week Eating Plan Volume 1
- Order Food 4 Osteoporosis Four Week Eating Plan Volume 2
15. Weighted Belt for Osteoporosis
A number of my clients are unable to wear weighted vests, so I encourage them to consider a diving belt instead. Here is a diving belt that I think will work for most people:
I would recommend soft weights under five pounds.
16. The Hormone Cure
One of the biggest challenges women face when they experience an imbalance of their hormones is access to practical, quality information.
The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD successfully addresses this challenge head on.
17. Reehut Agility Ladder
A great way to improve your agility and balance is with an agility ladder. One of the drills in Stronger Bones, Stronger Body is perfect for this product.
18. The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self Treatment Guide
I strongly encourage clients with pain points to purchase this wonderful book and follow the guidelines. This book addresses the problem of myofascial trigger points—tiny contraction knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked.
Restricted circulation and lack of oxygen in these points cause referred pain. Massage of the trigger is the safest, most natural, and most effective form of pain therapy.
Trigger points create pain throughout the body in predictable patterns characteristic to each muscle, producing discomfort ranging from mild to severe. Trigger point massage increases circulation and oxygenation in the area and often produces instant relief.
SoloVie Resistance Band Set (Canadian Readers Only)
The SoloVie Resistance Band Set is the most comprehensive and the best set of resistance bands on the market today. I recommend them to all of my clients who need strength training. Want to stay fit when you are travelling and away from your home and gym? They have a travel pack and are great for taking on the road.
The Sleep Solution
Dr. Chris Winter is a physician and sleep specialist. He helps people, including professional athletes, get their sleep in order. The Sleep Solution is his book on how to get a good night’s sleep. Highly recommended.
The EveryMile Workout Aerobic Stepper is adjustable and looks like a great and sturdy step for exercise.
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