Author: Tüzün S, Aktas I, Akarirmak U, Sipahi S, Tüzün F.
Affiliation: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Division of Osteoporosis, Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference/Journal: Eur J Phys Rehabil Med
Date published: 2010 Feb 18
Other: Word Count: 201
AIM: Osteoporotic vertebra and hip fractures are major causes of dysfunction, disability, mortality and impaired life quality in the ageing population. In the postmenopausal period, exercises prevent rapid bone loss and increase muscle strength, mobility and flexibility thereby decreasing the risk of falls and fractures. Yoga exercises, which have been an inseparable part of Eastern culture for hundreds of years, are now being used in the field of osteoporosis rehabilitation. Yoga has a positive effect on balance, posture, flexibility, and life quality resulting from its effects on balance, stretching, relaxation and strengthening. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of yoga exercises in postmenopausal osteoporotic women on balance and life quality and to compare the results with a classic osteoporosis exercise program. METHODS: Twenty-six postmenopausal osteoporotic women over 55 years of age were included in the study. A neuromuscular test battery and the QUALEFFO as a life quality index were used for the assessment of balance and life quality, respectively. RESULTS: The results showed that yoga education has a positive effect on pain, physical functions, social functions, general health perception and balance. CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, yoga appears to be an alternative physical activity for the rehabilitation of osteoporotic subjects.