Building strength and increasing bone density with BRIO

After she was diagnosed with osteoporosis in March, Gwen Maniscalco knew she had to change her lifestyle to strengthen her muscles and reduce the risk of fractures in the future.  She had previously been diagnosed with osteopenia, but over the last two years, she developed osteoporosis.  The osteoporosis diagnosis was a wake-up call. Gwen knew she had to return to Baudry Therapy Center and get back on the “exercise-wagon“ to build muscle strength and increase bone density.


Gwen had always been active and enjoyed activities such as Pilates, bowling, walking, and exercise, but her fitness routine had become less frequent last year due to the pandemic.


Baudry’s physical therapist, Lauren Talley, listened to her diagnosis and her concerns. Together, they created a customized exercise plan.  Each time Gwen would meet her physical therapy goals, Lauren would push the target. This progressive physical therapy plan helped Gwen increase her muscle strength and balance.


“I started balancing on one foot on flat ground, but by the end of my physical therapy, Lauren had me balancing on one foot on a foam platform,” said Gwen. “She continually encouraged me to accomplish more.  I could definitely feel the burn.”


“Baudry Therapy Center gave me the confidence to return to strength training which I continue now with my BRIO program.  I have already recommended Baudry Therapy Center to several of my friends who have also been diagnosed with osteoporosis.”

Health Education

Poor health, fear, and anxiety significantly affect an employee’s productivity. Non-productive employees cost employers MILLIONS.  When employees have health concerns and are unsure what to do, they often do nothing. Or worse, they chase “magic” fixes that simply don’t work. Knowing the right treatment at the right time is invaluable. Our bodies are natural healers provided the right environment.


Knowledge is definitely power. Understanding pain and its cause is the first step to recovery.  Physical therapy experts understand pain and spend much of their time educating clients on how to resolve health concerns. They also help employees find the right intervention, not only for healing but for staying well.


BRIOworks provides employers the power to help employees stay healthy and on the job by equipping them with the knowledge to eliminate health concerns. Keeping your employees healthy and on the job is a sure way to be a more productive and profitable business.  Call 504.841.0150 if you are interested in learning more about BRIOworks or if you’d like to set up a consultation for your company.

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