TITLE: Twelve-Minute Daily Yoga Regimen Reverses Osteoporotic Bone Loss
PUBLICATION: Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation
DATE: November 2015
AUTHORS : Yi-Hsueh Lu, Bernard Rosner, Gregory Chang, and Dr. Loren M. Fishman
Bone Mineral Density (BMD): a measurement of mineral density of bones.
Osteoporosis: a condition of decreased bone mass with a bone mineral density T-score that ranges from -1.0 to -2.5. This leads to fragile bones which are more at risk for fractures.
Osteopenia: precursor to bone loss with lower BMD than normal but not less than an osteoporosis diagnosis. Both osteopenia and osteoporosis affect 200 million people worldwide.
Overload principle: the amount of load or resistance, providing a greater stress, or load, on the body than it is normally accustomed to in order to create a desired outcome such as increased strength or bone density. Progression is the way in which an individual should increase the load.
Wolff’s Law: established in the 1890s by German anatomist Julius Wolff, bone grows and remodels in response to the forces that are placed upon it. After injury to bone, placing specific stress in specific directions to the bone can help it remodel and become normal healthy bone again. If gradually increase load on a particular bone over time, the bone will remodel itself over time to become stronger to resist that sort of loading.