Strengthen Your Bones With Rebound
is the medical term used to describe holy bones. Osteo = bone,
porosis = contains pores. All human bones contain holes, so
osteoporosis is a relative term usually meaning more and
bigger holes or pores than is desirable. Actually,
osteoporosis is the decalcification of bones to the point of
them becoming weaker and easier to be broken. The condition is
found most prevalently in astronauts, senior citizens, and
those who are bedridden. That is because bones have the
ability of becoming stronger under stress and weaker when
there is no stress. Gravity is the natural opposition (the
good kind of stress) that makes live things strong.
Under healthy conditions, most forms of
exercise will strengthen the bones, but when osteoporosis is
known to exist, it is best to exercise without instantaneous
trauma and impact on the weight bearing joints.
"Exercise can be helpful in building and
maintaining strong bones. Exercise that forces you to work
against gravity Ė so called weight bearing exercises such as
walking or jogging [and rebounding] are beneficial ...If you
are at risk for osteoporosis, your doctor will most likely
include exercise as part of your overall treatment program."
"The minitrampoline [rebounder] provides
a convenient form of exercise with a major advantage being its
apparent low level of trauma to the musculoskeletal system."
"If you have osteoporosis, you might be
wondering if you should exercise at all. The answer, for most
people, is yes. You should speak with your doctor or ask for a
referral to a specialist in physical medicine to learn what
type of exercises you can do safely, not only to preserve
bone, but also to strengthen your back and hips and maintain
flexibility. Your doctor will be able to help you design an
appropriate exercise regimen. Keep in mind, however, that
exercise alone cannot prevent or cure osteoporosis."
Rebounding, along with good nutrition and
medication, is important for good osteoporosis control, but
exercise has value only if itís done regularly. Rebounding can
be done everyday at a momentís notice.
Rebound Exercise has been known to:
Strengthen muscles, tendons and ligaments,
Help bones become mineralized, dense and strong,
Help develop balance and coordination,
Improve the flow of blood through the small blood
vessels of the bones,
Increase the heartís pumping power,
Increase lymphatic system circulation,
Improve efficiency of the immune system.
It helps you look better and feel better.
It gives you a sense of control of your overall
1. National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1150
17th Street, Suite 500, NW, Washington D.C. 20036
Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 1990: 10; 401-408
3. National Osteoporosis Foundation www.nof.org
"Hi, my name is M. Sue Tripp. I purchased a
Rebounder in 1981 after the death of my husband. Over time
I lost interest in the unit and passed it on to someone
else. Bad move.
In 1985 I remarried. My new husband and I had a
friend in Oregon who had been diagnosed with cancer and
had chosen to follow an alternative route from radiation,
chemo and drugs to take care of himself. He purchased a
big trampoline and altered his eating habits and used
numerous vitamin supplements and other alternative
therapies. When he was first diagnosed he was given six
months to live. He lived seven years under his own steam
and with the help of the trampoline and alternative
This friend encouraged us to use a big trampoline
for our own exercise program. We were already Rebounding,
giving our bones just enough stress to mineralize without
trauma to the joints, walking four miles a day and had
entered a walking race when we were 57 years old and both
won second place, (we were racing against much younger
male and females and were given no handicaps.) We were in
good shape and decided to stay that way with following his
suggestion and purchased a big trampoline.
We worked out with our own program, had a physical
sports professional view a video we made and proceeded to
start developing our own video for exercise to be used by
those over 55.
However, our plans were changed due to various
circumstances and we were unable to finish the project and
ended up on a traveling trip of some eight months. On that
trip we took a small rebounder because we didnít want to
lose the benefits of jumping for joy and health.
After that trip we were divorced (not because of
the trip but because we found we were wanting to go
different directions with our lives).
Upshot of the divorce was that he ended up with the
trampolines and I had none. Horrors! I then contacted
A.I.R. and purchased my own which sits in my bedroom for
me to jump on everyday. I have been doing this for ten
years for at least 15 min. per day and sometimes more and
Now, the whole point of this story is that my
friend, who is a Nurse Practitioner, suggested that I have
a free bone density test at her office, just for
information and because I am now 67 years young. After I
was given the heel scan, the nurse looked at me and asked
me if I take extra calcium.
I said, "Not on a regular basis, only when I
remember, and I do take supplements which have a small
amount of calcium." She actually was so excited about my
reading that she couldn't believe my age. She said, "You
have the bones of a 17 year old!" The reading was done
with a Sahara Clinical Bone Sonometer and
measured a T-score of 2.8.
Pretty amazing for someone my age.
Just wanted you to have this new testimonial from
one happy, unmarried, healthy lady who is looking forward
to more healthy years on my ReboundAIRô. I'm sure that
this test was a result of my exercise on a trampoline, my
eating habits and good mental health.
Thank you Al for all your research and dedication
to this form of exercise. It works wonders (if you work at
--Sue Tripp From California