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Is Yoga An Effective Treatment For Brittle Bone Disease?

Yoga For Osteoporosis

Yoga for osteoporosis offers an effective, alternative solution to help manage brittle bone disease. Yoga for osteoporosis specifically works by strengthening your core muscles, improving the posture of your vertebrae and realigning your chakra (for that added energy boost). Unsurprisingly, Western medicine very rarely informs patients about the potential advantages of practising yoga and meditation as an alternative treatment pathway. Therefore, the article will explain and introduce you to the healing ability of yoga for osteoporosis. And how you can use it as part of your daily routine to limit the impact of osteoporosis to your life. Scroll down to find out more…


What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis – or brittle bone disease – typically arises in post-menopausal or elderly women due to the absence of the hormone oestrogen. As we age in the absence of oestrogen, the rate of bone breakdown accelerates beyond that of bone production. As a result, this will lead to a lower bone density and greater tendency of developing fractures. The areas of the body most likely to exhibit fractures includes weight bearing and rotatory regions such as the hips, wrists and vertebrae.


How will yoga for osteoporosis help manage my condition?
Yoga for osteoporosis prompts a positive feedback system within bones, which promotes their rate of production. Specifically, the tone, force and balance of yoga asana provides a gentle compressible force to bones. This force stimulates specialised bone producing cells called osteoblasts to continue producing bone marrow. Overtime, this osteoblast activity will outperform that of bone breakdown cells called osteoclasts. Through this active revitalisation process strengthened bones are able to withstand greater pressure and movement from your body.


Practising yoga for osteoporosis repeatedly over an extended period of time will give you the correct type of gentle pressure needed to stimulate osteoblasts into production mode. Yoga offers an impact free, high tensile exercise routine – which is an ideal therapy for those seeking a pain and fracture free solution.


Top Ten – yoga positions for osteoporosis
Osteoporosis in itself is a far reaching condition which may affect several specific body parts in different people. As such, yoga for osteoporosis requires combining poses in accordance with the specific anatomical groups that limit you the most. Below are a list of the top ten yoga asana for osteoporosis. Click on the links to learn more about each of the poses…
  1. Dolphin Plank Pose
  2. Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
  3. Dolphin Pose
  4. Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)
  5. Tree Pose (Urdhva Vrikshasana)
  6. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
  7. Revolved Triangle Pose
  8. Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
  9. Cobra Pose (Hasta Bhujangasana I and II)
  10. Locust Pose (Salabhasana I and II)


The Verdict…
To help you further you in journey of recovery we recommend reading Yoga And Osteoporosis: The Complete Guide by Loren Fishman MD. This book offers a comprehensive, user-friendly medical yoga program designed for the management and prevention of osteoporosis, with more than four hundred illustrations.
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