Yoga Helps Stroke Patients

A new study suggests that yoga might be able to help older stroke patients improve their balance. Stroke victims are often susceptible to serious falls, resulting in broken and fractured bones, so the new findings on yoga's benefits are very encouraging.

The LA Times reports on the study:
The study involved 20 veterans (19 men and one woman), average age 66, who had had a stroke. They took part in twice-weekly yoga classes taught by a yoga therapist who modified the moves. Participants did poses first while seated in chairs, eventually progressing to doing poses from the floor and while standing.

The participants improved their stability on two balance measures by an average 17% and 34%. At the beginning of the study the test subjects averaged a score of 40 on the Berg Balance Scale, but by the end they scored an average 47; a score of 46 or below signifies a risk for falling. Endurance improved as well.

"It also was interesting to see how much the men liked it," said lead researcher Arlene Schmid in a news release. Schmid, a rehabilitation research scientist at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, added that many of the participants wanted to continue practicing yoga after the study ended.
Namaste to that!


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