Yoga for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bones, making them fragile.  It is caused primarily by insufficient supply of calcium and hormonal changes in the body, both of which can happen as a result of old age and poor diet. It often afflicts older women, menopausal women, and, infrequently, men as well. The most logical thing do to prevent the disease is to sustain a diet rich in calcium and perform regular exercise. The exercise helps bones maintain its condition and stave off osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is especially dangerous because the chance that the bones recover their former condition is practically zero. 

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Yoga is getting some attention these days among people who dread the disease. Yoga has been around for centuries and is known as a program that promotes physical as well as mental well being.

What Practitioners claim about Yoga

Yoga practitioners claim that the physical benefits of Yoga are not limited to improving muscle tone and strength – it also strengthens the bones. Judging from the great number of women with Osteoporosis flocking to Yoga clinics seeking help, there could be a grain of truth to the claims.

Yoga requires a good amount of physical and mental discipline. Experts do not recommend beginners to practice yoga for the sole purpose of relieving Osteoporosis at home.  A yoga session specifically for Osteoporosis treatment demands specific poses than can be mastered only with a professional instructor leading the way. Doing it without having passed through a familiarization process may not be effective and can even do more harm than good.  

Yoga recovers and sustains good physical conditioning by maintaining a proper balance among the different organs and glands of the body. This ensures steady and adequate flow of hormones that strengthen the bones by maintaining proper bone density. Yoga generally increases the strength of the skeletal system and thus, the over-all structure of one’s physique. 

Hatha Yoga

There are several types of Yoga techniques. People afflicted with or want to prevent Osteoporosis usually practice Hatha Yoga. When it comes to strengthening bones, this technique, when regularly performed, is known to be the most potent.  

Like other exercises, Yoga starts with basic stretches and postures to loosen your muscles. After these preliminary poses, the breathing techniques known as pranayama and asana are taught. Doing these standing up because benefits major muscle and bone groups that are mainly found in the hips, lower spine and legs. Since people with Osteoporosis tend to be older, caution is a must when adopting Yoga poses. During the first sessions, it is advised to be close to a chair or a wall that can soften the impact of a fall. Yoga is about pacing. The more physically demanding poses will come after having mastered the basics.

Yoga is a great exercise specifically because it is designed to maintain fitness and help with Osteoporosis. Though proper caution must be maintained, the effort is worth it in the end. Mastery of Yoga will only benefit the mind and body as time passes and stave off the effects of Osteoporosis.

 

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