Can Yoga Reduce Falls in Older Adults?

It seems everywhere you turn there are yoga classes being offered in Seattle. While many of these classes are for young people or those who have remained active into their later years, many studios are offering gentle yoga classes geared for beginners, older adults or those with disabilities.

Many people have written about the benefits of yoga for maintaining balance. A new study emphasizes the important of exercise like yoga in keeping older adults from falling. The journal "Complementary Therapies in Medicine" reported that older adults participating in a study in Wisconsin decreased their number of falls after an 8-week course.

An increase in strength and balance seem to be the reliable indicator in fall prevention. This study was no exception. The average score on one test, the Dynamic Gait Index, increased from 20 to 22 which shows a low risk for falls.

Although this was a small sample of people it's good to know that yoga can be of benefit in preventing falls which can lead to broken hips and long stays in the hospital.

Equal improvement was found among those participants who did yoga at home. Check out the gentle yoga video tested by my marketing director and taught by a physical therapist. In addition, there are wonderful studios in the Seattle area that offer gentle yoga classes.

Two Dog Yoga - Lake City
8 Limbs Yoga - Seattle locations
Seattle Yoga Arts

If you're a senior or you have a loved one having trouble with balance, come in for a fall assessment. Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

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