Role of Yoga in Osteoporosis Rehabilitation

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  • stract There is a lot of interest among clinicians and clients/patients concerning the utility of Yoga to build bone mineral density and decrease the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures. By examining the previous literature, our present review offers recommendations concerning the utility of Yoga for the prevention and management of osteoporosis and its related fractures. There is conflicting evidence that Yoga can help build bone mineral density (BMD). The mixed findings regarding the effects of yoga on bone could be due to different types of Yoga being used in research studies that are not performed at a moderate or high intensity as recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine to positively affect bone. Many forms of Yoga also do not generate enough ground reaction force to positively improve bone health. Yoga, however, has been shown to improve balance which may potentially prevent falls and thus osteoporosis-related fractures associated with falls. Thus Yoga could be integrated into physical therapy care. However, decisions to include Yoga should only be made knowing the clients/patients dual energy x-ray absorptiometry central scores and medical backgrounds. Once a patient is determined to be medically fit for doing Yoga, physical therapists should incorporate Yoga exercises that are safe, build bone, and improve balance. This review article will provide some guidelines for clinicians to successfully integrate Yoga exercise into osteoporosis care.
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  • Lein D; Harshvardhan F; Kim S
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  • 4
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  • 5