Yoga to the Rescue for Osteoporosis


My new best friend is Dr. Loren Fishman, has an international reputation as a back-pain specialist, a diagnostician and a pioneer in the treatment of many disorders, including piriformis syndrome, scoliosis, osteoporosis and rotator cuff tear. I had the pleasure of hearing him in an interview on the People's Pharmacy on NPR, episode 1043. Dr. Fishman has been prescribing yoga as therapy for osteoporosis for years. Osteoporosis is caused by a number of factors often with age: hormonal, nutritional, metabolic and heredity. By the time most of us discover we have it we are often past our prime. Most physical fitness...

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Yoga and MS


“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” - B.K.S. Iyengar The National MS Society  (http://www.nationalmssociety.org) has pages on their website on the benefits of exercise including yoga. The benefits of yoga are being heralded by many health organizations. We should look at yoga as an ongoing practice and not a quick fix. Yoga teaches us to coordinate our mind, body and breath in coordinated movements. Controlling the breath is essential for a meaningful yoga practice and helps cope with our discomfort.  The benefits include: Increased flexibility. Increased muscle strength and tone. Improved...

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Arthritis Survivors Benefit from Yoga

Physical activity is an essential part of the effective treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to treatment guidelines published by the American College of Rheumatology.  John Hopkins Arthritis Center has published a study of the benefits yoga on reducing the symptoms of arthritis.  There have been over a dozen scientific studies have been conducted on people with arthritis. There have been promising results with some improvement in joint health, physical functioning, and mental/emotional well-being.  Yoga has been proven to have an important positive effect on quality of life. People with arthritis may also enjoy yoga more than...

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