Recovering from bone break with Yoga
People who practice yoga have obviously heard of its numerous benefits. Some take up on yoga to strengthen their muscles, others practice it in order to become more flexible. It could also help you lose weight, bring peace to a chaotic mind through meditation and relaxation or simply help you improve your health overall.
Those who don’t practice yoga or aren’t familiar with it, believe that yoga is simply stretching and getting into weird animal poses. But its benefits surpass the body level and help unite mind and body.
Recent researches show that incorporating yoga into your recovery can help you with broken bones.
Research conducted in 2011 in India has shown that adding certain mind-body practices such as yoga, can go to great lengths when it comes to reducing the time of healing from bone breaks. Researchers have reported that fracture healing is a problem both in US and India. There are over 60 million cases of fractures in US every year, and 5-10% are accompanied with certain problems or even no healing at all. The fractures that go without any problems can still take several months to heal completely, in which time the person has to take time off work and are usually trapped in their house.
In the research, there were thirty fracture patients divided into two groups. One controlled and one yoga group. Both groups did receive the usual therapy for fracture patients but the yoga group additionally received instructions in YPET (yogic prana energization technique). This therapy gives you instructions how to breathe properly, includes certain chants and helps you visualize which they believe helps the body channel and activate subtle energies(prana). This technique was taught to them for one week after which they were given audio instructions and were told to do it twice a day for two weeks.
This therapy gives you instructions how to breathe properly, includes certain chants and helps you visualize which they believe helps the body channel and activate subtle energies(prana). This technique was taught to them for one week after which they were given audio instructions and were told to do it twice a day for two weeks.
Improvement in both groups was noticeable, although yoga group experienced significant reduction of pain and were less tender when compared to the control group. Yoga group also had less swelling, and had more markers of improved fracture healing, which led to conclusion that conventional therapy with addition of yoga improves fracture healing significantly.
It is a fact that exercising with weights or even bodyweight workouts could strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis (medical condition in which bones become fragile from loss of tissue usually caused by deficiency of calcium and vitamin D). Great number of poses in yoga will make you lift your own weight. Some of them will strengthen arm bones, like Downward and Upward-facing Dog. Practicing yoga can also increase the density of bones in the vertebrae (bones or segments that make the spinal column, made out of cylindrical bodies through which the spinal cord passes). Yoga also helps your body keep calcium in its bones and lowers the stress hormone.
Yoga will also help you become drug-free. People who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and even some obsessive-compulsive disorders reported that doing yoga significantly lowered their dosages or in some cases took them off drugs completely. This can help you save up money considering how expensive medications can be. But if you still need some help with recovery after surgeries or fractures take a look at medical supplies, Sydney. They offer a number of rehab and physio therapy supplies at really good prices.
Scientists try to deny it but yoga also helps you get better through a placebo effect. Believing you will get better actually works in this case, you could help your healing process through meditation and by chanting a mantra in your yoga class.
If you still think that yoga is just a workout full of weird poses, you might want to look more into it and consider giving it a try because it carries a lot of benefits, as we just mentioned here.
About the author:
Gabriella Diesendorf is a full time working mom, a fellow beauty and fashion lover and a freelance writer for several beauty blogs.