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Toormina Physiotherapy is proud to have two Onero™ Practitioners.

What is Onero™?

Onero™ is a high intensity resistance and impact exercise program to strengthen bone and muscle. The program is especially designed for people with low bone mass (osteopenia/ osteoporosis).

How different is Onero™ to what I’m currently doing?

Not all exercise improves bone mass.

Low intensity exercise is not considered to be an effective strategy to build bone. Onero™ is based on the LIFTMOR study which has shown that certain kinds of high intensity loading can be both safe and effective even for people with low bone mass if supervised under the right conditions.

Injuries, which can be a concern in the frail older population, are rare from Onero™ training when properly supervised.

This does not mean other types of exercise are not beneficial for muscle and bone health.  Many forms of exercise will provide subtle benefits for your bones.  The difference is that the higher intensity Onero™ exercises appear to be more effective, based on findings from the LIFTMOR study, when compared to other forms or intensities of exercise.

How can I start Onero™?

The safety of Onero™ depends on an initial assessment of your current health status by an accredited Onero™ practitioner. This initial assessment is mandatory.  The assessment of your current health status will facilitate the adaptation of Onero™ training by your accredited Onero™ practitioner in its initial stages so you will be able to participate and minimise any risk of injury or exacerbation of existing conditions.

After the initial assessment, you can commence Onero™ training with your accredited Onero™ practitioner who will provide close supervision as you continue to train with them.

After 12 months of monitored Onero™ training, your accredited Onero™ practitioner will perform a review assessment in order to determine if you have had any changes in your balance, posture and other functional outcomes related to your risk of fracture.

What is the benefit of training with an  accredited Onero practitioner?


While we all know exercise is good for you, people often underestimate the difference between one type of exercise and another, and the risks some exercises can pose for people with certain conditions.  Having low bone mass places you at increased risk of fracture.

For this reason bone-specific exercises must be implemented correctly and supervised to reduce risk of injury. Research shows us that higher intensity exercises can help your bone health, but this type of training must take into consideration your individual requirements and be supervised by someone qualified to do so.

An accredited Onero™ practitioner will know how to correctly:

  • Assess your current health including any pre-existing injuries or conditions;
  • Report your baseline assessment results and yearly results to you and your GP;
  • Deliver the Onero™ program; and
  • Know when to progress, regress or maintain your program.

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