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Show 1043: How to Strengthen Bones and Fix Your Body with Yoga

A study with more than 700 volunteers shows that yoga practice can combat osteoporosis and build back bone if you do the poses daily.
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How to Strengthen Bones and Fix Your Body with Yoga

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Do you think of yoga as exercise? Many people don’t. Yoga doesn’t seem like exercise that can combat osteoporosis. Yet physiatrist Loren Fishman, MD, has shown that certain yoga poses can improve bone mineral density and reduce fractures. People do need to practice these poses conscientiously. When they do, they experience virtually no side effects-except they stand up straighter and feel better.

Will Yoga Combat Osteoporosis?

Gentle stress on the bones stimulates osteocytes, which then build more bone and make them stronger. A ten-year study with more than 700 volunteers demonstrated the power of yoga to increase bone density.

Find out whether Dr. Fishman’s yoga exercises could help strengthen your bones, counteract osteopenia or combat osteoporosis. His DVD demonstrating the poses is sold at his website, sciatica.org.

Dr. Fishman also describes how he treats scoliosis, sciatica and rotator cuff injuries with specific yoga poses.

This Week’s Guest:

Loren Fishman, MD, is medical director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City. He is the author of ten books, including Healing Yoga and Yoga for Osteoporosis. He is associate editor of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation and on staff at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.  His website is sciatica.org. He published his report, “Twelve-Minute Daily Yoga Regimen Reverses Osteoporotic Bone Loss,”  in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation in April, 2016.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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