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Yoga Therapy for Bone Strength

June 20, 2023

The Scientific Benefits of Yoga Therapy for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

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Looking at the Scientific Evidence of Yoga Therapy Assisting Bone Health

Osteoporosis and osteopenia are conditions characterized by weakened bones. This makes individuals more susceptible to fractures and related complications. Affecting millions of people worldwide, it is essential to explore comprehensive approaches that enhance bone health. While traditional treatments play a crucial role, integrating yoga therapy into a management plan provides significant benefits. In this blog post, we will delve into scientific evidence supporting the use of yoga therapy for osteoporosis and osteopenia.

Yoga Therapy for Bone Strength

Understanding Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by decreased bone density and mass, resulting in an increased risk of fractures. Osteopenia, on the other hand, is a precursor to osteoporosis. Osteopenia occurs when bone density is lower than normal, but not severe enough to be classified as osteoporosis.

Scientific Evidence of Yoga Therapy’s Benefits for Bone Strength

Improved Bone Mineral Density (BMD)

The Journal of Clinical Densitometry, in 2016, demonstrated that yoga therapy can lead to a significant improvement in BMD. The researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial involving postmenopausal women with osteopenia. The group that practiced yoga for one year showed a significant increase in BMD. There was impressive improvement specifically at the lumbar spine and femur areas of the body, especially in comparison to the control group.

Increased Bone Formation Markers

In 2018, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation investigated yoga therapy’s affect on bone formation markers in older women with osteopenia. The findings revealed that regular yoga practice was highly beneficial. It led to a significant increase in bone formation markers, indicating improved bone health and strength.

Enhanced Balance and Stability

Poor balance and stability contribute to falls and fractures in individuals with osteoporosis and osteopenia. In 2017 Osteoporosis International examined the effects of yoga on balance and stability in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. The review concluded that yoga interventions significantly improved balance and stability, reducing the risk of falls and related fractures.

Increased Muscle Strength

Yoga therapy incorporates weight-bearing poses and movements that engage and strengthen muscles, including those surrounding the bones. The Journal of Clinical Densitometry in 2017 explored the impact of yoga on muscle strength in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. The results indicated a significant improvement in muscle strength after regular yoga practice. This helped provide support to the skeletal system and prevent fractures.

Reduced Bone Resorption

Excessive bone resorption contributes to the deterioration of bone density and strength. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation investigated the effects of yoga therapy on bone resorption markers in postmenopausal women with osteopenia. The 2020 findings demonstrated that yoga practice led to a significant reduction in bone resorption markers. This suggests a positive impact on bone health.

Yoga Therapy for Bone Strength

Prioritize Your Health

If you or a loved one is living with osteoporosis or osteopenia incorporating yoga therapy into your treatment plan can be a game-changer. Scientific evidence supports the significant benefits of yoga therapy in improving bone mineral density, enhancing balance, mobility and stability, increasing muscle strength as well as reducing bone resorption.

I invite you to book an appointment with me to create a personalized yoga therapy program tailored to your specific needs. Let us combine traditional treatments with the proven power of yoga therapy, promoting bone strength, mobility, flexibility, balance and overall well-being.

Invest in your bone health today and take a proactive step towards a stronger, healthier future.

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