As mentioned in my last blog about Osteoporosis, this condition can be treated in three ways: nutrition; medication; and exercise. In this blog, we will focus on an exercise program called the Meeks Method.
What is the Meeks Method?
The Meeks Method was invented by Sara Meeks, a physical therapist who is currently based out of Florida. The Meeks Method was developed for those with osteoporosis, but can be applied to those individuals with other spinal conditions such as scoliosis, spinal stenosis, and general back pain. This method focuses on achieving maintaining “optimal alignment” of the spine.
Why is this important?
Everyone knows that we get shorter as we get older. But why is that? There are several reasons, one of the main ones being osteoporosis. This picture below demonstrates just how severely our posture can change.
How does it work?
The Meeks Method uses a 12-step approach to realign the spine, which will in turn help you stand up taller and return to the activities you enjoy! This method starts with a screening process and progresses along the wheel (as shown below)
How can Physical Therapy or The Meeks Method help me?
By stopping in at Onondaga Physical Therapy, we can do a complete postural assessment and determine a program that is safe, will effectively improve your posture, and can reduce your risk of fractures!