Don't get bent out of shape doing yoga

Don't get bent out of shape doing yoga

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 10, 2018)–Yoga has many health benefits for the mind and body. It’s proven to increase muscle strength and flexibility, as well as decrease anxiety and depression. This increasingly popular exercise can also provide relief for bone, joint and muscle-related pain if practiced correctly. Without using proper technique, this relaxing, stress-reducing activity can cause serious muscle damage, including strain and overstretching of the neck, shoulders, spine, legs and knees.
 
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2016, emergency departments, doctors’ offices and clinics treated 23,873 patients for yoga-related injuries.
 
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers safety tips to help individuals prevent injuries and reap the benefits of yoga.
 
“The key to a successful yoga workout is using proper form,” said AAOS spokesperson and orthopaedic spine and trauma surgeon Brett Freedman, MD. “When the technique of yoga is compromised, the body is placed at an increased risk of injury. New participants should work with a qualified instructor until they are confident in their practice.”
 
The AAOS recommends the following tips to prevent yoga-related injuries:

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More Information about the AAOS
With more than 38,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues. 

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