Why Does Yoga Seem More Difficult?

You used to enjoy yoga, but it seems more difficult as you grow older. If so, it may be a good time to reassess your practice in light of the realities of an aging body. Beginning in our 40s and 50s, our bodies gradually lose resilience. Muscle fibers contract, motor neurons decline in number and soft-tissue extensibility decreases. In short, we naturally become less able to…

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Ways to Avoid Taking the Fall

Injuries from falling afflict many adults— the majority of whom are senior citizens—causing painful fractures and leaving them with severe mobility problems. Changes related to aging, such as decreases in visual capacity, hearing and strength, can contribute to the likelihood of a tumble. 1/3 people age 65 and older will report at least one fall a year. Of those, 20-30% sustain a…

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Take a Break From Your Computer— Your Body Will Thank You!

You may already know that repetitive body movements from sports such as golf, tennis or running can create wear and tear on muscles and bones that, over time, can lead to serious injuries or de- generative arthritis. But you probably don’t know that working or playing video games on your computer for long periods of time can also lead to bone and muscle problems. While…

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Recognizing and Treating a “Mini-Stroke”

No permanent damage results from a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes called a mini-stroke. It is caused by a short-term blockage of a blood vessel supplying blood and oxygen to the brain. Although its effects—which can include trouble speaking, dizziness, blurred vision and weakness on one side of the body, among other signs—last less than…

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Simple Steps to Treat Bone “Thinning”

As we age, both men and women experience changes in bone composition. One such change, thinning (loss of mineral content) of the bones—typically in your lumbar spine and hip—tends to be experienced more frequently and to a greater degree by women, particularly following menopause when estrogen levels drop. Types of Bone Thinning Your treatment will depend, in part, on the severity of your bone…

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Individual Solution Key to Repairing a Torn Achilles Tendon

The Achilles tendon, the longest and strongest tendon in the body, connects calf muscles to the heel bone. When it is injured, the treatment is often individualized. For example, a patient recently began physical therapy after surgery to repair an Achilles tendon he had torn playing basketball. When another patient tore his Achilles tendon, he had…

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