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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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Neurokinex Gatwick wins national award

Neurokinex Gatwick – a leading provider of activity-based rehabilitation for spinal cord injury – has won the 2018 National Fitness Awards’ Best Rehabilitation Facility of the Year category.



Four members of the 10-strong team were at the Award ceremony on Friday November 30th to receive the Award.

The Best Rehabilitation Facility category is open to gyms and sites who are dedicated purely to the rehabilitation market and/or who employ specially trained consultants to deal with GP referrals. Neurokinex was chosen as a finalist from 100s of entries and was up against four other finalists.

Neurokinex underwent a rigorous assessment process, which involved a site visit by a member of the awards’ team who toured the facility, chatted to clients and staff and examined all areas of the business. Detailed reports were then compiled and passed on to an expert judging panel which decided the winners.

Neurokinex Gatwick team receives National Fitness Award for Best Rehabilitation Facility

“I am very proud and happy that our Gatwick team has won this very important award,”

says Harvey Sihota, founder and director of Neurokinex.

“This achievement is testament to the hard work of the entire team. We know our ground-breaking protocols and activity-based rehabilitation therapies are redefining possibilities for adults and children with spinal cord injury. But to have this independent validation from industry experts that our work is of a national award-winning quality is an honour: I am delighted our work has been recognised this way.”

Neurokinex is a charity and a not-for-profit organisation.

The Gatwick site, which opened in 2016, sets out to redefine possibilities for people with a spinal cord injury.

Its programmes stimulate and load the entire nervous and musculoskeletal systems through carefully crafted, task-specific exercises with the assistance of skilled therapists. Neurokinex clients take part in activities such as active standing, cycling, walking and rowing, tailored to their neurological impairment.

This offers people a multitude of benefits including improvements in neurological function, muscle bulk and quality, cardiovascular health, strength and stamina, balance and trunk control, skin and bone health, range of motion and psychological wellbeing.

“Neurokinex stood out to us as a life-changing facility which combines cutting edge tech with highly-skilled and compassionate trainers,” says Judith Halkerston, Event Director, National Fitness Awards.

“It is evident that Neurokinex is changing the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Its broad client base of adults and children as young as 18 months, plus international clients who are travelling to the facility for this treatment, proves that it is offering something very special indeed. They should be very proud of their achievement and I wish them continued success going forwards.”

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