Coping with……. Osteoporosis
Yoga is a great way to stay physically fit and is really helpful with general suppleness and relaxation. It can also be useful in the treatment of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a condition that reduces bone density, making it more porous causing fractures, pain and skeletal malformations. It is very common in women who have gone through menopause. One in three women over 50 suffer from osteoporotic fractures, as do one in five men, but it can affect people of all ages. Thankfully though, Yoga can help, and studies have been carried out which illustrate that Yoga actually increases bone density and has benefited test subjects aged mid-sixties and above.
Osteoporosis can be partly treated by consuming healthy foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D. Weight-bearing exercises can also be fantastic for anyone suffering from osteoporosis. This type of exercise stimulates calcium to be retained in the bones helping to increase density and strength. Hence this aids in the prevention of loss in bone density, and also the prevention of osteoporotic fractures. Many exercise programs can be beneficial in this sense, including running, hiking and weight training exercises. However, Yoga particularly can be useful, as it is not quite as high impact as other exercises, which can cause bodily injuries. Yoga also targets areas that other exercises may not.
Wrist, spine, shoulder and hip fractures are the most common for individuals suffering from osteoporosis and each of these areas are individually and also compositely targeted, using a variety of Yoga poses. This is more unusual than in the other forms of weight-bearing exercise and means the force is on different body parts, rather than just the legs. For example, something like the wrist, which is quite hard to target in a lot of exercises, is a focal point in poses such as the humorously named Downward Facing Dog.
Yoga can additionally help with dealing with any pain that comes with osteoporosis, stress levels, arthritis, back-ache, menopausal symptoms and improving energy levels.
If you feel Yoga would benefit you and you would like to join a class please take a look at our Timetable to see when classes are available or give us a ring on 01424 217630