Dahn Yoga and tai chi classes may help osteoporosis patients
Thursday, 31 May 2012
Considering that May is National Osteoporosis Month, now is a great time to learn about energy healing and the essentials of self care for this bone-weakening disease.
More than 40 million Americans either have osteoporosis or are at risk for this illness, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Sometimes, people are not even aware there is a problem until they break a bone, which can be dangerous in and of itself.
Every year, about one-third of adults age 65 or older has an accidental fall, which may lead to bone fractures, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Exercises to help seniors maintain a good sense of balance may avert this problem.
Dahn Yoga and tai chi classes may be a good option.
According to Harvard Medical School, tai chi can help improve upper and lower body muscle strength, flexibility and balance. All of these characteristics make it easier for seniors to avoid accidental falls and broken bones.
Furthermore, physical activity may help maintain bone density, according to NIAMS.
While it may be tempting to take it easy on exercise, sedentary living may actually increase health risks for osteoporosis patients.
So why not check out a yoga or tai chi class? Your bones may thank you later.