The Effects of Yogic Practices on the Skeletal System
The practice of yoga increases lubrication within the joints, ligaments and tendons. Yoga is very low impact, as the asanas work on precision and correct alignment. Because the poses are held for a set time, this gives the body an opportunity to increase blood flow and supply all areas of the body with the vital supplies that they need.
They also help to correct and balance the roles that the joints, ligaments and tendons play together, in providing the support that the body’s limbs need to function properly.
It is very important that your joints remain well lubricated because if they are not, it will begin to limit your mobility and you will become more susceptible to injuries. If this is the case, you can say hello to all kinds of ailments that come when parts of your body fail to be maintained. It is never too late to start yoga and start reversing the signs of aging. Aging we believe is the result of failing to maintain your body. Once again we bring up the saying – ‘use it or lose it!’
Yoga poses provide relief to stiff and damaged joints. Yoga’s controlled movements and gentle pressures reach deep into troubled joints.
In addition, the controlled stretches in conjunction with deep breathing exercises relax and release the muscles that have seized up around the joints to protect them.
By Asanas Category
The joints between the ribs and the spine on the posterior side are made stronger. The posterior intercoastal muscles are made elastic. The intervertebral joints are stretched and strengthened. As they maintain their elasticity, degeneration of the spinal joints doesn’t occur. All parts of the spine are made stronger. The ligaments of the spinal column are strengthened. Nutrition to the disc is made proper even in the old age. As the spine is flexible, lower back pain does not occur.
Due to the specific nature of the backbends the blood is made to circulate well deep into the vertebrae, thus providing them with proper nourishment.
The entire anterior surfaces of all the vertebrae are opened up and stretched out to maintain their optimum health. This avoids degenerative changes such as arthritis, spondilytis and so on.
Vertigo caused by cervical spondilytis is controlled. The posterior surfaces of the discs are made stronger, preventing the occurrence of slipped disc. Discs are kept in healthy condition by their proper nourishment. As the surrounding tissues remain soft, the vertebrae are kept healthy. The breast bone, ribs, shoulders, collar bone, upper arms and wrists are made stronger.
Backbends successfully manage vertebral changes such as decalcification as one grows older.
All the arm-balancing asanas help to strengthen the wrists, arms and shoulders. The body acts as a weight and counterweight in theses asanas. The bones of the forearm, upper arms and the entire vertebral column are made stronger.
The bones in the spinal column are massaged as a compressive load is applied. Bone remodeling is excellent as the load on the bones is precisely calculated according to ones capacity. This helps to maintain bone density even without lifting heavy weights.
All the twisting asanas relieve spinal, hip and groin problems. The intervertebral joints are made elastic, compression doesn’t occur, nor does the disc herniated. These asanas prevent internal derangement and calcification of the shoulder, pain in the shoulder blades disappears, and osteoarthritic hip joints are benefited. Arthritic disorders of the knee and ankles are prevented.
Twisting poses relieve from backaches. Pasasana is highly beneficial to manage backaches.
Poses like padmasana, virasana and supta virasana relieve arthritis of the knees and ankles. Hanumanasana tones the entire neuro-physio-venous system of the legs. It also prevents arthritis of the hips and knees. Kandasana, an advanced pose, keeps the ankles, knees and hips completely flexible as one grows older.
Baddha padmasana gives elasticity to the shoulders, knees and the hips.
Suppleness, strength and alignment of the spine are maintained due to a variety of geometric positions while practicing the standing postures. Hence, spinal disorders of a mechanical nature such as scoliosis, slipped disc, spondylytis, and lower back pain are alleviated. The intervertebral disc ruptures only if the ligaments, discs and muscles lose their elasticity. Nutrition to the disc is maintained through standing poses.
Injuries to the cartilage of the knee are healed by standing poses. In many cases even if the ligaments of the knees are damaged, the structures could be strengthened by standing poses.
The hip joints are made supple due to the stretching of the hamstring muscles.
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