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 exerciseshence, 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.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
About 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.
Table of ContentsList of Illustrations 9
List of Tables 11
Authors' Note 15
The Physiology of Yoga 45
Prelude to the Poses 52
The All-Stars 58
The Shoulders 96
The Hips 114
The Lumbar Spine 130
The Cervical Spine 170
The Knees 183
The Sacroiliac Joints 194
The Wrists and Hands 217
The Feet and Ankles 232
Ankylosing Spondylitis 274
Alphabetical Index of Poses 298
Poses by Chapter 303
Alignment Principles from Anusara Yoga 309
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Ellen Saltonstall is a master at description. The book has a solid approach showing modifications for many levels of flexibility. A great addition for yoga teachers everywhere
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