Change How You Sit, Change Your Pain

By |2018-08-22T15:13:19-07:00August 22nd, 2018|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Osteoporosis, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

I was excited to hear that Balance/Spinefulness was covered in another NPR health story! The story, “To Fix That Pain in Your Back, You Might Have to Change the Way You Sit” aired on 8/13/18 on “Morning Edition”. The reporter, Michaeleen Doucleff, had experienced a lot of back pain, but got relief from learning Spinefulness posture from Jenn Sherer (http://www.spinefulness.com/), formerly Jean Couch’s business partner at the Balance Center in Palo Alto. Is Sitting "The New Smoking"? The idea that “sitting is the new smoking” was discredited in this story. Doucleff interviewed anthropologist David Raichlen, who has found that modern [...]

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How to Use Yoga to Build Bone

By |2017-12-22T20:57:47-07:00December 22nd, 2017|Aging, Arthritis, Healthy Posture, Nutrition, Osteoporosis|

In my last article I talked about Wolff’s Law, which explains how the pressure exerted on a bone stimulates the bone to grow, so it can resist that force in the future. There are 2 ways to stimulate bone growth. One is using the force of gravity (compressive stress), and the other is the way muscles pull on the bones when they are in various positions (tensile stress). Yoga puts the body in a variety of positions that are not on the gravity line, or plumb line. This means the muscles have to work harder. It’s like the difference between [...]

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Can Yoga Help Osteoporosis?

By |2017-08-09T19:25:16-07:00August 9th, 2017|Aging, Exercise, Falls, Healthy Posture, Osteoporosis, Yoga|

I know a lot of people that have broken bones in the last few years. Most of them are women; some are friends and some are yoga students. Most of them are over 50. While we may worry about losing height due to osteoporosis, breaking a bone is much more serious, since it can require surgery and lead to other complications. Is there a way that we can reduce our chances of osteoporotic fractures? The Stats In the US there are about 55 million people with osteoporosis. About twice as many women as men have osteoporosis. The most commonly fractured [...]

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“Most Important Mineral in the Body”?

By |2017-01-30T16:49:24-07:00April 27th, 2015|Nutrition, Osteoporosis, Relaxation|

Do you suffer from leg cramps, back or neck pain, fatigue, or tension headaches? These are some of the symptoms that can be caused by magnesium deficiency. Other symptoms include muscle twitches, constipation, and even “numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms”(1). Some health practitioners believe that 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium. Doctors generally don’t test for levels of magnesium, so you aren’t likely to know if you are deficient. Why is it important? Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, states that magnesium is the most important mineral in the body(2). [...]

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The Scoliosis-Osteoporosis Connection

By |2017-01-30T16:49:25-07:00October 9th, 2012|Healthy Posture, Osteoporosis, Scoliosis|

I did a week-long training this August with Elise Miller, a long-time yoga teacher who specializes in teaching Yoga for Scoliosis.  I’ve referred to her before in my blog post from April, 2010 (“Reduce Scoliosis Symptoms”).  The training was amazing and I learned so much about my own body (I have a slight degree of scoliosis myself!) and about how to work with students who have scoliosis. Something I learned at this training helps to explain why you can develop osteoporosis – and also how you can prevent it! Types of Spinal Curves Scoliosis is a lateral (sideways) curve of [...]

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