Yoga has grown over the years to cater towards individuals of different age, occupation, fitness and so forth. Some of these individuals include former New York Knicks great and the team’s current great announcer Walt “Clyde” Frazier, NFL players and even some of the more beefy offensive lineman. In fact, there will definitely be at least one person in your social circle that practices yoga these days. Clearly, it is a beneficial exercise if not it wouldn’t be growing in popularity. However, where does this ancient practice fits medically?
Yoga has been shown and even to some extend proven to reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia, back pain as well as improve one’s overall health and well being. Despite all the benefits, medical experts still classify it as a mere supplemental therapy rather than a legitimate treatment. This is according to Web MD. Yoga can somewhat be justified as a form of physical therapy, but with less precision and fewer chances for life-altering results. Unlike other traditional physical therapies, which usually are an option only after sustaining an injury, Yoga has a place in both prevention and treatment. Practitioners can also use it as a method to stave off aging as well as the poor posture that comes with it. As for new converts, they might use it to either ease back pain or prevent future injuries.
“Yoga can help with a lot of musculoskeletal issues and pain. Yoga is also a form of exercise complete with its own physical benefits. Yoga is great for flexibility, for strength, and for posture and balance,” stated Dr. Rachel Rohde, a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (and an orthopedic surgeon herself).
Dr. Ruby Roy, a chronic disease physician at LaRabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago (and a certified instructor), praises yoga’s unique combination of exercise and relaxation, but doesn’t believe that it’s a cure entirely by itself. “The right yoga can help you. One of the primary purposes of a yoga practice is relaxation. Your heart rate and your blood pressure should be lower when you finish a class, and you should never be short of breath. Whatever kind of yoga relaxes you and doesn’t feel like exercise is a good choice. What really matters is, are you in your body or are you going into a state of mindfulness? You want to be in the pose and aware of your breaths, but I wouldn’t say it cures any orthopedic condition,” she explained. For the full story, you can check it out here.
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