Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide

Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide

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by Loren Fishman, Ellen Saltonstall
     
 

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A comprehensive, user-friendly medical yoga program designed for management and prevention of arthritis.
Arthritis restricts movement; yoga increases range of motion: these two were made for each other. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in this country, limiting everyday activities for more than seven million Americans. Drugs, surgeries, and

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A comprehensive, user-friendly medical yoga program designed for management and prevention of arthritis.
Arthritis restricts movement; yoga increases range of motion: these two were made for each other. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in this country, limiting everyday activities for more than seven million Americans. Drugs, surgeries, and steroids can alleviate some of the discomforts, but study after study has shown that exercise is most beneficial to most forms of arthritis, specifically low-impact, flexibility-enhancing exercises—hence, yoga. In this comprehensive and thoroughly illustrated guide, Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall, who between them have seven decades of clinical experience, help readers understand arthritis and give a spectrum of exercises for beginners and experts. Broken down into chapters focusing on each major joint, there are 100 classical yoga poses and numerous imaginative and physiologically sound adapted poses, all with step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow photo demonstrations. The authors welcome readers into the philosophy and principles of yoga and show how to use yoga to find lasting relief from arthritis.

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School Library Journal

Fishman (medicine, Columbia Univ.) and yoga instructor/massage therapist Saltonstall combine their respective expertise to good effect in this useful, instructive book providing essential information about the practice of yoga and how yoga's concepts relate to the condition of arthritis. In this way, they arm arthritis sufferers with the knowledge necessary to begin the proper practice of yoga. The authors start with an easy-to-understand explanation of the affected anatomy and a brief history of yogic philosophy. They then clearly describe various asanas, or poses, meant to enhance flexibility and range of motion. After some general-purpose "All-Star" poses, remaining poses are organized anatomically (e.g., hands and wrists, knees, spine), with some repeated in other chapters. Modifications appear for various levels of ability, and photographs and illustrations clearly depict proper alignment. The physiological details and many features of the pose instructions (e.g., purpose, contraindications) make this one of the more thorough and well-written yoga guides currently in print. Highly recommended for public and academic/medical libraries.
—Elaine M. Lasda Bergman

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393330588
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/17/2008
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
120,123
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Loren Fishman, MD, is a physiatrist and a professor at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He lives in New York City.

Ellen Saltonstall is a certified Anusara Yoga instructor and licensed massage therapist who lives in New York City.

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Yoga for Arthritis 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for anyone with limited mobility or flexibility who needs reliable information on good, safe stretches. The writers are both in the medical field and have used yoga as an adjunct to traditional treatments for their patients for many years with excellent success. There's a quick overview of yoga, another of the various forms of arthritis and a few related maladies, followed by the how-to section, and wrapped up with extensive bibliography, indexing and notes. This book won't win any beauty contests, but the black-and-white photos (of the authors, rather than models) are clear, instructions are simple and include cautions and work-arounds for specific limitations with no added fluff. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone with arthritis, injuries, limited flexibility, or who just wants a gentle, effective, no nonsense series of stretches to help with daily stiffness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been looking for a way to help being able to practice yoga in my limited capacity. This book offers wonderful suggestions for the disabled or physically challenged person. I love it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
has alot of info