Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease found in the bones that is typically characterized by a loss of bone density and mass. This makes it easier for a person to suffer a broken bone. It is a widespread disease that is suffered by over 40 million people in the United States alone. Some of this total includes people who are considered to be a high risk for getting the disease. In the beginning stages of osteoporosis, little or no pain is felt. However, the pain eventually becomes severe as the disease gets worse and the quality of the person’s bones continue to deteriorate. It is common for people with this disease to break their hip if they suffer a fall. Fractures resulting from osteoporosis can be debilitating, many of which result in extended hospitalization or death. Yoga is generally considered to be one of the safest ways to prevent the onset of osteoporosis. Let’s take a look at some of the poses that can be used as yoga therapy for osteoporosis.
1. Triangle pose
You can perform this pose by standing with your back against a wall. Place your feet roughly three feet apart. With your arms stretched out horizontally, you can slowly begin to move your right foot so that it becomes parallel with the wall. While keeping your torso straight, start to bend your right hip. After holding this position for 30 seconds, bring your body to an upright position and do the same thing with the opposite side of your body. If you start to feel pain, rest for several minutes before trying again.
2. The tree
This is a good pose for people who have been living inactive lifestyles and are just beginning to practice yoga on a regular basis. It is capable of stimulating the bones located in the shoulders, spine, pelvis and hips. It can also help people to improve their balance. This will make it less likely they will suffer a fall. While sitting in a chair with your back straight, lift your arms and press your hands together. Your arms should be pointing straight in the air. Make sure your back always remains straight during this pose. Do not allow yourself to slump forward. Once in this position, stand up and walk to the back of your chair. While holding the back of the chair with one hand, lift one leg and place your foot on the inner thigh of the opposite leg. Hold this position for one minute while taking deep breaths. You can then switch to the other leg. After you practice this position a few times, try to do it with your eyes closed and without holding the chair for support.
3. Warrior pose
With both of your arms outstretched at either side, begin to bend one of your knees so your body will move to one side. Make sure your other leg is kept perfectly straight. Some people who have problems with balance may need to lean against a wall while performing this pose. If you are performing the pose correctly, your knee should be directly over your ankle. Muscles in the shoulders, trunk and legs gain strength from this pose. It also places stress on the ankles, knees, thoracic vertebrae, femur, hips and lumbar. This stress is necessary in order to help them maintain their strength.