Yoga and Health

The practice of yoga dates back almost four thousand years and was founded in India. Yoga has become increasingly popular in western society as a means of gaining physical and mental well-being and can be beneficial on a variety of medical conditions such as joint pain and high blood pressure.

A review of two decades of studies conducted at Duke University Medical Center found yoga to be an effective treatment for chronic pain. Yoga was shown to increase strength and improve flexibility while decreasing joint pain and muscle stiffness.

Conditions such as osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia can be improved by the practice of yoga. Studies have shown that those who practice yoga for as little as twice a week for eight weeks have significant gains in strength, flexibility and endurance while decreasing their level of pain.

Yoga can be safe for everyone but certain poses may need to be avoided or modified based on the individual’s medical conditions. The most important thing to remember is “listen to your body”.  Yoga should never cause pain – if it hurts, it is not yoga. A good yoga instructor can guide you and help you modify poses and avoid mistakes as you improve your health through yoga.

We will be hosting a few yoga classes at our clinic in the near future.  We would love to know the days and times that work for you, if you are interested, please speak with one of the doctors or email us today.