People with osteoporosis must avoid some yoga poses to prevent bone injuries. Although doctors suggest yoga is beneficial for a person’s well-being, a new study warns that some poses can cause bone injuries in people with osteoporosis or osteopenia.
Osteoporosis of lumbar spine or the femur neck affects around 5.1 percent of men ages 65 and above and 24.5 percent of women in this age bracket in the United States.
Osteoporosis is a condition that occurs when body loses too much bone. Osteoporosis is known as osteopenia in the medical term.
New findings by a group from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, shows that people suffering from this condition should avoid practicing yoga indiscriminately.
The research, now appears in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, certain poses of yoga are harmful for people with osteopenia or osteoporosis. Tgey can lead to soft tissue and bone injuries.
For the study, the team assessed the health records of 89 people. Some of them were yoga beginners, and others were practitioners. All individuals reported pain in either one or more areas such as back, neck, hips, knees, or shoulders.
The researchers found that 12 specific yoga poses caused the participants pain or worsened their existing pain. Poses including Downward-Facing Dog, the Supported Headstand, and Bridge Pose led to 29 types of bone injuries in the participants.
Senior author Dr. Mehrsheed Sinaki explains, “Yoga has many benefits. It improves balance, flexibility, strength and is a good social activity.”
“But if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia, you should modify the postures to accommodate your condition. As people age, they can benefit by getting a review of their old exercise regimens to prevent unwanted consequences.”