Activate Now
 
ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

How Your Gut Microbiome Influences Your Mental and Physical Health

High dose vitamin D3 supplementation lowers inflammatory T cells in multiple sclerosis patients

Chocolate's Potential Health Benefits – and its Effect on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients

Repair Damaged Mitochondria and Reduce Fatigue Up to 45%

Essential Oils - How and Where to Use Them

The Link Between Vitamin C And Optimal Immunity

What's So Great About Grape Seed?

Why Does Your Nose Run When It's Cold Outside?

SURVEY: What Is Your Diagnosis?

Study suggests that what you eat can influence how you sleep

 
Print Page
Email Article

Yoga and disc degenerative disease in cervical and lumbar spine: An MR imaging-based case control study - Source: European Spine Journal, Mar 2011

  [ 21 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By CM Jeng, et al. • www.ProHealth.com • March 9, 2011


[Note: ‘Degenerative disc disease’ refers to the condition of the ‘shock-absorbing’ discs between the vertebrae, not to a specific 'disease'. See brief video.]

The objective of the current study was to find out whether yoga practice was beneficial to the spine by comparing degenerative disc disease in the spines of long-time yoga practitioners and non-yoga practicing controls, using an objective measurement tool, magnetic resonance imaging.

This matched case-control study comprised 18 yoga instructors with teaching experience of more than 10 years and 18 non-yoga practicing asymptomatic [no symptoms] individuals randomly selected from a health checkup database. [Yoga involves poses & movements for muscle stretching, strengthening, flexibility and balance.]

A validated grading scale was used to grade the condition of cervical and lumbar discs seen in magnetic resonance imaging of the spine, and the resulting data analyzed statistically. [Note: the spine includes 23 ‘shock-absorbing’ discs between the vertebrae; 5 lumbar (lower back), 12 thoracic (middle back), and 6 cervical (neck region).]

The mean number of years of yoga practice for the yoga group was 12.9 plus or minus 7.5.

• The overall (cervical + lumbar) disc scores of the yoga group were significantly lower (indicating less degenerative disc disease) than those of the control group (P < 0.001). [Probability of this difference resulting by chance less than 1 in 1,000.]

• The scores for the cervical vertebral discs of the yoga group were also significantly lower than those of the control group (P < 0.001),

• While the lower scores for the yoga group in the lumbar group approached, but did not reach, statistical significance (P = 0.055).

• The scores for individual discs of yoga practitioners showed significantly less degenerative disease at three disc levels, [cervical] C3/C4, [lumbar] L2/L3, and [lumbar] L3/L4 (P < 0.05).

Magnetic resonance imaging showed that the group of long-term practitioners of yoga studied had significantly less degenerative disc disease than a matched control group.

Source: European Spine Journal, Mar  2011;20(3)pp 408-413. By Jeng CM, Cheng TC, Kung CH, Hsu HC. Department of radiology, Cathay General Hospital; School of Medicine, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Shin-Chuang City; Department of Radiology, Taipei Medical University Hospital; Department of Medical Imaging, Taiwan Adventist Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. [Email: jengcm@cgh.org.tw]





Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia & Lyme Disease treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

How Glutathione Can Save Your Life

Featured Products

Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium

Natural Remedies

More Weight Loss than Any Other Discovery in Supplement History More Weight Loss than Any Other Discovery in Supplement History
The Brain Boosting and Fatigue Fighting B-12 The Brain Boosting and Fatigue Fighting B-12
Vitamin E: Super Antioxidant We Only Thought We Knew Vitamin E: Super Antioxidant We Only Thought We Knew
Are You Obtaining the Proper Enzymes? Are You Obtaining the Proper Enzymes?
Priming Your Immune System for Cold & Flu Season Priming Your Immune System for Cold & Flu Season

FIBROMYALGIA
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Causes
Fibromyalgia Treatments
Fibromyalgia Diet
Fibromyalgia Medications
M.E. & CFS
What is M.E./CFS?
M.E./CFS Diagnosis
M.E./CFS Symptoms
M.E./CFS Causes
M.E./CFS Treatments
M.E./CFS Diet
M.E./CFS Medications
LYME DISEASE
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Lyme Disease Symptoms
Lyme Disease Causes
Lyme Disease Treatments
Lyme Disease Diet
Lyme Disease Medications
FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
M.E. & CFS
Lyme Disease
General Health
WHOLESALE
AFFILIATES GUARANTEE
PRIVACY
CONTACT US
LIBRARY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing