Baxter Bell MD explains that yoga serves a preventative role in two ways:
- Overall healthcare – Because yoga is a powerful antidote to stress and has a positive impact on strength, flexibility, balance and agility, it naturally serves a preventative role in conditions caused by a sedentary lifestyle and/or stress — conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, balance issues, and so on.
- Particular condition – Yoga is adaptable to all sorts of needs. A person at risk for osteoporosis, for example, can emphasize practices to build bone and muscle strength.
Yoga is very effective at relieving symptoms. Dr. Bell observes that:
- Sometimes yoga promotes symptomatic relief without impacting the underlying cause, such as low back pain caused by a ruptured disk, for example.
- Other times, yoga addresses the symptoms and also leads to a cure of the condition, such as stress-related headaches or digestive problems, for example.
Based on an extensive and ever-growing body of research and on qualitative reports, we can say that:
- Yoga has a very long list of symptoms it addresses, from low back pain to depression, headaches, chronic pain and much more.
- Yoga provides relief for a wide range of conditions that cause chronic pain (e.g. migraines, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer).
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