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Happy Bones, Happy Life

Nov 26, 2019

Dr. Sherri Betz is a physical therapist and Pilates teacher specializing in geriatric orthopedics, osteoporosis and exercise applications for special populations. As director of TheraPilates® Physical Therapy Clinics, Dr. Betz operates locations in Santa Cruz, CA, and Monroe, LA.

She is currently working with AGPT to develop clinical practice guidelines on physical therapy examination and intervention for adults with osteoporosis. Dr. Betz devotes her practice to improving awareness about geriatric exercise, bone health, and safe yoga and Pilates-based exercise.

During this episode, Dr. Betz shares safe and effective exercises for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Learn how to incorporate safe pilates and yoga exercises into your bone-building program. Hear the latest research on exercise and osteoporosis.



  • 02:57 - Her experience in educating people about osteoporosis
  • 07:06 - Clinical results on bone density of people involved in exercise programs 
  • 08:55 - What are the risks of doing exercises on your own without appropriate supervision?
  • 12:40 - Yoga poses and postures you should avoid
  • 16:28 - Dr. Betz's safe yoga videos
  • 18:25 - "I tell people, think about your pose as being more about the journey, instead of the destination." - Dr. Sherri Betz
  • 18:53 - The advantages of doing pilates
  • 20:06 - Why it is best to find a "nationally certified pilates teacher"
  • 21:40 - Where to find a “nationally certified pilates teacher”
  • 23:54 - Important research about osteoporosis you need to know
  • 26:37 - How much should you lift?
  • 30:36 - What are vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty?
  • 35:55 - "I don't like to be fear-mongering, but I do like people to be vigilant and smart. Don't ignore pain." - Dr. Sherri Betz
  • 36:39 - The safe and important exercises you can do for optimal bone health
  • 37:04 - "Heel raises can be helpful for back, balance, strength and bone density." - Dr. Sherri Betz
  • 39:10 - Where you can find helpful resources that Dr. Betz produced herself

DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Bissinger and the Happy Bones, Happy Life program.