Building Better Bones


Since its launch in 2007, over 12,000 Physical Therapists (Physiotherapists) and Fitness Professionals have completed Building Better Bones.

This 2020 edition of Building Better Bones is newly updated with the latest research and developments in bone health.

At the end of this course you will have the knowledge you need to help individuals with osteoporosis, osteopenia and low bone density build better bones. 

What Professionals Are Saying

Building Better Bones has inspired me to become more involved in the area of Osteoporosis. Margaret is extremely knowledgeable about Osteoporosis and an excellent instructor.
Sherri Hayes, Physiotherapist, Active Body Physical Therapy, Ontario
Building Better Bones is an evidence-based approach to teaching your clients postural, strength, cardio, flexibility, and balance exercises tailored to their level of fitness and fracture risk.
Holly Bonasera, MPT, GCFP, Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Nebraska
Building Better Bones was exceptional — both for me as someone with Osteoporosis and as a Health Care Professional who treats clients with Osteoporosis.
Alison Krausen, Occupational Therapist, Genesis Rehab Services, Pennsylvania
Building Better Bones should be a mandatory part of all Physical Therapy training.
Karen Ginsburg, Physiotherapist, Community Rehab Therapy, Ontario
Building Better Bones is a firm foundation in understanding osteoporosis, as well as a practical approach to dealing with patients. It included everything from testing seniors' fitness levels through to exercises for posture, flexibility, balance and strength.
Colleen MacDonald, Physical Therapist, Misericordia Hospital, Alberta
Building Better Bones and the Margaret's website have both been great resources that I find simplifies my approach to providing safe and appropriate exercises for the variety of patients that I treat.
Justin Mathew, BSc PT, Registered Physiotherapist, Bronte Physiotherapy, Ontario

Building Better Bones Includes the Following

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Contents

Course Introduction and Welcome
Introduction to Building Better Bones
3 mins
Meet Your Instructor
2 mins
About Margaret Martin
Course Objectives
Fundamentals of Osteoporosis
Introduction to Definitions and Consequences
1 min
Definitions
33 mins
Consequences
12 mins
Introduction to Bone Physiology
1 min
Bone Physiology Overview
14 mins
Introduction to Testing Bone Density and Quality
1 min
Testing Bone Density and Bone Quality
13 mins
Bone Quality and Osteoporosis
DEXA Guide
Introduction to Risk Factors
1 min
Risk Factors
15 mins
Risk Factors: Medications and Medical Conditions
71.5 KB
Introduction to Effect of Exercise on Bone
1 min
Effect of Exercise on Bone • Part A
23 mins
Effect of Exercise on Bone • Part B
25 mins
The LIFTMOR Exercise Study
5 mins
Introduction to Nutrition for Bone Health
1 min
Nutrition and Bone Health • Part 1
26 mins
Nutrition and Bone Health • Part 2
21 mins
Nutrition and Bone Health • Part 3
26 mins
The Gut Microbiome
17 mins
Building a Healthy Microbiome
29 mins
How Medications Affect the Microbiome
23 mins
Nutrition for Bone Health
Calcium Supplements for Osteoporosis
Can Probiotics Stop Bone Loss?
Vitamin K2 for Osteoporosis
Prunes and Osteoporosis
Diet Plan for Osteoporosis
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Intervention
1 min
Pharmaceutical Intervention for Professionals
25 mins
Pharmaceutical References
Prolia
Bisphosphonates
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Assessment and Senior Fitness Test
Introduction to Assessment
1 min
Assessment and Senior Fitness Test
11 mins
Senior Fitness Test Application • 65 Year Old
12 mins
Senior Fitness Test Application • 85 Year Old
9 mins
Exercise Preparation and Safety Tips
Introduction to Exercise Safety Tips
1 min
Posture in Standing Exercise
6 mins
How to Wrap a Rope Around the Foot
1 min
Safely Using a Physio Ball
2 mins
How to Wrap the Theraband
2 mins
Set and Reps Explained
4 mins
Body Mechanics Training for Clients
7 mins
Diaphragmatic Breathing
3 mins
How to Do a Squat
2 mins
How to Put Weight Through Your Wrists
2 mins
Exercise Schedules by Level
Exercise Plans for the Exercise for Better Bones Program
Fall Prevention
Introduction to Fall Prevention
1 min
Fullerton Advanced Balance Scale
9 mins
Fall Prevention and Balance Testing
20 mins
Balance Exercise Application
3 mins
How to Choose the Right Balance Exercise
7 mins
Foot Positioning Tips
10 mins
Foot and Ankle Self-Massage and Stretch
18 mins
Beginner and Active Balance
Balance Variations
5 mins
Physio Ball Balance Exercise
2 mins
Rehabilitative Balance Exercises in Standing Position
14 mins
Rehabilitative Balance Exercises Against the Wall
6 mins
Beginner Balance Exercises in Standing Position
20 mins
Beginner: How to Modify Your Stance
3 mins
Active Balance Exercises in Static Position
14 mins
Active Balance Exercises with Walking and Turning
13 mins
Balance and Fall Prevention Exercise Resources
Posture Analysis Retraining
Introduction to Posture Analysis Retraining
1 min
Posture Assessment
5 mins
Posture Assessment and Cuing
14 mins
Flexicurve Demonstration
6 mins
Improving Postural Alignment • Tips
11 mins
Posture Exercises • Application
19 mins
Posture Improvement Resources
Core Exercise Theory
Introduction to Core Exercise Theory
1 min
Application of Core Exercises Theory • Part A
6 mins
Beginner and Active Core Exercises Demonstration • Part B
18 mins
Core Exercise Resources
Flexibility Theory and Exercises
Introduction to Flexibility Theory and Exercises
1 min
Safe and Effective Flexibility Exercises
7 mins
Active or Static Stretching
4 mins
Quadricep Stretch in Standing
3 mins
Quadricep Stretch on Stomach
5 mins
Quadricep Stretch on Side
3 mins
Calf Stretch
3 mins
Lower Hamstring Stretch
3 mins
Upper Hamstring Stretch
3 mins
Iliopsoas Stretch in Kneeling
2 mins
Iliopsoas Stretch in Standing
2 mins
Chest Stretch in Doorway
3 mins
Ankle Stretch
2 mins
Lat Stretch
2 mins
Inner Thigh Stretch with Bent Knees
2 mins
Inner Thigh Stretch with Straight Knees
2 mins
Hip Rotator Stretch
3 mins
Spinal Stretch
2 mins
Flexibility Exercises Resources
Weight Bearing and Cardiovascular Exercise
Introduction to Weight Bearing and Cardiovascular
1 min
Weight Bearing Application
2 mins
Running and Osteoporosis
Guide to Nordic Walking
Weight Bearing Considerations
8 mins
Weight Bearing Aerobic Exercises Resources
Contraindicated Exercises
Contraindicated Exercises
5 mins
Ten Exercises to Avoid for Osteoporosis
Vertebral Fracture Management
Introduction to Vertebral Fracture Management
1 min
Vertebral Fracture Management
27 mins
How to Use FRAX
13 mins
FRAX Score Interpretation
How to Treat a Compression Fracture
Beginner and Active Strength Theory
Strength Training for Beginner and Active Levels
12 mins
Beginner Strength Application
7 mins
Beginner and Active Warmups
Beginner Energy Tree
3 mins
Beginner Curtsey Lunge
3 mins
Beginner Marching
3 mins
Active Energy Tree
3 mins
Active Curtsey Lunge
2 mins
Active Marching
2 mins
Marching for Beginner and Active • Professional Tip
2 mins
Beginner Strength Exercises
Wall and Ball Squats
6 mins
Wall and Ball Squats • Professional Tip
2 mins
Reverse Fly
4 mins
Reverse Lunge Between Chairs
6 mins
Horse Stance Vertical
6 mins
Bridging
6 mins
Bow and Arrow
4 mins
Bow and Arrow • Professional Tip
2 mins
Alternating Leg Lifts in Prone
8 mins
Side Lying Leg Lifts
10 mins
Side Lying Leg Lifts • Professional Tip
2 mins
Angels in the Snow
6 mins
Wall Pushup
12 mins
Standing Biceps Curl
4 mins
Triceps Extension from the Floor
5 mins
Heel Drops
5 mins
Modified Heel Drops (Integrated into 8 Brocade)
6 mins
Abdominal Activation
9 mins
Active Strength Exercises
Chair Squats
5 mins
Floor M
4 mins
Forward Lunge
5 mins
Forward Lunge • Professional Tip
4 mins
Horse Stance Horizontal
5 mins
Bridging with Weight on Pelvis
5 mins
Row with Support
4 mins
Hip Raises with Feet on Chair
4 mins
Side Lying Leg Lift with Weight
7 mins
Pullovers from Floor
4 mins
Step Push Up
4 mins
Step Push Up • Professional Tip
2 mins
Alternating Bicep Curls in Standing
4 mins
Triceps Extension
5 mins
Step Ups
5 mins
Abdominal Activation with Leg Drop
5 mins
Osteoporosis in Special Populations
Osteoporosis in Special Populations
18 mins
Tai Chi
Tai Chi Theory
8 mins
Tai Chi for Osteoporosis Demonstration
11 mins
Resources You Can Use
Introduction to Resources
1 min
Recommended Resources
Osteoporosis Exercise Programs
Postural Improvement
Balance and Fall Prevention Exercises
Weight Bearing Aerobic Exercises
Flexibility Exercise Routines
Yoga and Osteoporosis
Core Exercise Program
Activities of Daily Living Guide
417 KB
Course Conclusion
Conclusion, Thank You and Goodbye
1 min

The Important Details

Every day in the United States, 10,000 people turn 65, and the number of older adults will more than double over the next several decades and represent over 20 percent of the population by 2050. (Source: AARP.)

An aging population means increased demand for health and fitness professionals able to treat clients concerned with their bone health. This course trains you to meet that need.

Over 12,000 Physical Therapists and Fitness Professionals across the United States and Canada have completed Building Better Bones! Join this community and start serving this important and growing audience.

Course Objectives

By the end of Building Better Bones, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the medical management of osteoporosis, including recognition of risk factors, interpretation of medical test results, use of medications, as well as other conditions that impact bone health. 
  2. Describe the management of vertebral compression fractures and how the utilization of proper body mechanics and stronger back extensor mechanics decreases the risk of fracture.
  3. Administer the Senior Fitness Test and use the results to develop and implement a safe and effective exercise program for Beginner and Active patients incorporating a multi-modal approach appropriate to the patient's fracture risk.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is for Physical Therapists, Physiotherapists, PTAs, Kinesiologists, Certified Exercise Physiologists, and Certified Fitness Professionals.

Course Structure

This course is divided into 20 comprehensive sections to make sure you get the smoothest learning experience possible. We start with the fundamentals and from there deliver the tools you need to work with patients and clients concerned about their bone health.

  1. Fundamentals of Osteoporosis - Key fundamentals you should understand about bone health, including bone physiology, risk factors, effects of exercise on bone health, nutrition, pharmaceutical intervention, and hormone replacement therapy.
  2. Assessment - How to assess your patient/client.
  3. Exercise Preparation and Safety Tips - Tips on how to exercise safely.
  4. Exercise Schedules - Recommended exercise schedules by level.
  5. Fall Prevention - How to test balance and reduce fall risk. 
  6. Beginner and Active Balance - Recommended balance exercises for Beginner and Active levels.
  7. Posture Analysis Retraining - How to assess posture.
  8. Core Exercises - Core exercise theory and bone health.
  9. Flexibility Theory - Flexibility fundamentals you need to know.
  10. Flexibility Exercises - Recommended flexibility exercises.
  11. Weight Bearing and Cardiovascular Exercise - How weight bearing exercise affects bone health.
  12. Alternative Approaches - Alternative approaches to bone building.
  13. Contraindicated Exercises - Exercises and movements to avoid.
  14. Vertebral Fracture Management - How to assess and treat compression fractures.
  15. Beginner and Active Strength Theory - The role of strength training in bone health.
  16. Beginner and Active Warmups - Warmup exercises for Beginner and Active levels.
  17. Beginner Strength Exercises - Recommended strength exercises for Beginner level.
  18. Active Strength Exercises - Recommended strength exercises for Active level.
  19. Osteoporosis in Special Populations - How osteoporosis affects special populations.
  20. Tai Chi - Tai Chi theory and routine for bone health.
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FAQs

How long can I access the course?

Once you buy the course, you’ll have lifetime access to all of its content.

Is this a subscription service? Will I have to pay an ongoing fee?

There is no ongoing fee. Once you purchase the course, you can access it at anytime for as long as you like.

Do you offer discounts for groups of professions in the same clinic or club?

Yes, we do. Please contact Richard on our Contact page and let him know your situation. He will get back to you with pricing that meets your needs.

Is this the same course as the one you did for MedBridge Education?

Yes, it is. However, we have updated many of the sections to make the content more current and we have added new sections and resources.

Is the purchase price in U.S. dollars?

Yes.

Can I purchase it in my local currency?

No. The course purchase price is denominated in U.S. dollars only.

Can I look at individual course lectures multiple times?

You can look at the individual lessons as often as you want to.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

If the course doesn't live up to your expectations, I'll provide a full refund within 14 days from purchase as long as you provide me with feedback for how I can improve the course. 

When does the course start and finish?

When you enrol, you get immediate access to the entire collection of videos and worksheets. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

Who can I contact if I still have questions?

If you still have questions after reading this page, feel free to reach out to Richard on our Contact page.

Can I get CEUs for my professional association?

We do not offer CEUs.

Margaret Martin

I am a Physical Therapist with over 37 years of clinical experience helping people achieve their health goals, stay strong and age well. 

I am the author of three books (including an Amazon bestseller) on exercise and bone health. I have also produced numerous home workout videos and courses for patients and health professionals.

My main job is operating my Physical Therapy clinic in Ottawa where I focus on bone health, osteoporosis and exercise for successful aging.