Yoga-re­lated in­juries on rise

StarMetro Halifax - - THE KIT - Gabriella Bos­ton THE WASH­ING­TON POST

Yoga is known for its many mind/body ben­e­fits: It re­leases ten­sion, pre­vents in­jury,

cre­ates more flex­i­bil­ity, adds strength and bal­ance, and calms the mind. So, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that yoga prac­tice among Amer­i­can adults in­creased 50 per cent be­tween 2012 and 2017, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased re­cently by the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion.

What these new yo­gis may not be aware of is that, de­spite its rep­u­ta­tion as a gen­tle, low­im­pact prac­tice, yoga car­ries risks, as with any ex­er­cise rou­tine. The prac­tice can ex­ac­er­bate carpal tun­nel syn­drome, add in­sta­bil­ity to joints, and con­trib­ute to strains, sprains and ten­dini­tis. A study pub­lished in 2016

in the Ortho­pe­dic Jour­nal of Sports Medicine re­ported that there were close to 30,000 yoga-re­lated in­juries seen in emer­gency rooms from 2001 to 2014, and that in­juries per 100,000 par­tic­i­pants grew from a rate of 9.6 per cent to 17 per cent. De­spite its rep­u­ta­tion as a gen­tle, low-im­pact prac­tice, yoga car­ries in­jury risks. Tips to help you avoid in­jury at thes­


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