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Bridgeham helps clients increase bone strength with “Buff Bones” class

Do you or does someone you know struggle with osteoporosis? Did you know there are things that can be done to ease pain and strengthen joints and bones?



Osteoporosis is a common condition where bones lose their strength, becoming more likely to break following minor bumps or fall.

Bone strength is determined by its density; this is how closely knit the bone tissue is. If there is loss of density (more space between in the bone tissue) the bone becomes fragile and more prone to fractures.

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Losing bone density is a normal part of the ageing process, but some people lose bone density much faster than normal. Having a DEXA scan can establish whether your bones are normal, osteopenic or osteoporotic.

The fractures that result from osteoporosis can be enormously painful in themselves. In many cases the fracture goes misdiagnosed or undiagnosed prolonging the pain. In addition, the resultant the loss of mobility following a fracture be extremely debilitating, especially for elderly people.

How can Bridgeham help?

For those suffering with pain related to osteoporotic fracture, osteopaths experience in musculoskeletal pain means they are often the most experienced at identifying the difference between fracture pain and other joint, muscle and tendon related pain. This fast and effective diagnosis is essential for treatment and preventing further fracture.

However, it’s not just osteopathy that can help with osteoporosis. Pilates can be hugely beneficial in improving and maintaining movement as well as helping to build strength and stability around the joints.

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We can offer 1:1 sessions in our Machine Studio to give you the focused guidance and confidence you need. We also offer a specific Pilates mat class called ‘Buff Bones’ for anyone with osteopenia or osteoporosis.

‘Buff Bones’ Pilates is a class for all but safe for those with osteoporosis and back problems – a fantastic rehab class to gain or regain confidence in movement, a perfect way to manage injury recovery.

The class is a medically-endorsed, full body workout for bone strengthening and balance. It integrates Pilates, strength training, functional movement and rehabilitative exercise to improve the health and longevity of your bones and joints. It’s adaptable to varying levels and is safe for those with osteoporosis and osteopenia, disc injury/recovery and hip or knee issues.

It is still a really challenging class!


“Pilates at Bridgeham has been a real life-saver. Since being diagnosed with osteoporosis I thought my active days were over, oh how wrong I was! Thank you so much Jo and the Bridgeham team for keeping me fit and active into my 70’S!” -Mrs B

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South East’s diagnostic units struggling with demand for life-saving bowel cancer tests

These tests detect bowel cancer, the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, early when it is easier to treat and patients have a greater chance of survival.



Over 20 hospitals in the South East of England are in breach of a waiting time target for life-saving tests that could diagnose bowel cancer. Under NHS rules patients should wait no more than six weeks, but in one hospital in the region 25% per cent of patients are waiting beyond this time.  

Patients should wait no more than six weeks for a colonoscopy test that can detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat. Referrals may be from a variety of sources. Approximately over half of patients (55%) are diagnosed with bowel cancer via a GP referral, a quarter are diagnosed in an emergency such as patients going to A&E, and 10% are diagnosed through screening.

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The waiting times published by NHS England on Thursday 11 October is further evidence that demand for diagnostic tests are outstripping capacity. Many hospitals are at breaking point because they simply do not have the capacity to meet the growing demand for these services. A lack of funding, limited resources and a shortage of staff to carry out the number of procedures needed are contributing to this.

To reduce the number of patients waiting longer than the NHS target for these vital tests, Bowel Cancer UK’s ‘End the Capacity Crisis’ campaign is calling on the government to invest in more NHS staff to work in bowel cancer units in North of England, Yorkshire and the Humber hospitals.

The two key tests to diagnose bowel cancer are colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy – a camera on a thin, flexible cable inserted through the anus to look at different parts of the bowel.  These tests are known as endoscopy procedures and can detect cancer at the earliest stage of the disease, when it is more treatable, and even prevent cancer through the removal of pre-cancerous growths (polyps).

The three hospitals with some of the highest percentage of patients waiting more than six weeks for colonoscopy appointments in August 2018 are: Brighton and Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust (25%), University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (17%) and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (9%).

The three hospitals with some of the highest percentage of patients waiting more than six weeks for flexible sigmoidoscopy appointments are: Brighton and Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust (33%), University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (9%) and Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (5%).

Ahead of the Government spending review in November, Bowel Cancer UK is calling on Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Philip Hammond, and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, The Rt Hon Matt Hancock, to work together to develop a fully funded action plan to tackle NHS staff shortages in diagnostic services for bowel cancer and end the capacity crisis. Thousands of people, including patients, NHS staff, leading professional bodies and Members of Parliament, have backed the charity’s call by signing a letter to Government.

Asha Kaur, Head of Policy & Campaigns at Bowel Cancer UK, says:

“These waiting time figures present a worrying picture for patients and demonstrate the urgent need for the Government to make addressing this capacity crisis a national priority. If hospitals are expected to meet waiting time targets then they must be given the resources and capacity to enable them to meet these standards.”

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