Management of knee pain at medical yoga centre

The knee joint is the joint between thigh and shin bone. The knee joint is held together by different sets of muscles, which are over the thighs and over lower leg right up to the foot. All these muscles help in bending and extending the knee joint while walking, standing and sitting. Hence for treating the knee pain both sides (above the knee and below the knee) needs to be considered.

In medical yoga centre, knee pain treatment starts from the periphery to centre so the treatment begins either from a foot or from the hip. In our yoga centre the first half of class starts from the stretches and posture of the lower extremities (below the knee joint) and the other half for the upper extremities (above the knee joint). The aim of the yoga therapy is to establish natural and balanced movements of agonist and antagonist muscles. Stretches mentioned above helps in maintaining proper alignment of bones i.e. thigh, tibia, fibula and patella and helps in maintaining natural space within the joint. With stretching, the muscles get a good supply of blood and nutrition.

Below have shown some basic postures taught in the class.

Double Knot Foot Stretch:

This helps to stretch the muscles over the calves and perennial group. It will help in correction of the foot by lifting the outer side of the foot and inward rotation of the lower leg, which is otherwise turned laterally. Sitting in dandasans helps the person to lift the dorsal body up, which helps in relieving the pressure of body over the lower extremity while walking.

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Supta Padangusthasnan I with Naga Stretch:

This is wonderful posture giving stretch to the calves, hamstrings and lower back. As the name implies naga stretch helps in inward rotation of the lower leg and correction of the foot. It restores the natural behaviour of the Musclo –Skeletal System. When the leg is lifted up to 90 degrees it stretches the hamstrings, calf muscles with inward rotation of the leg, which should happen otherwise. The leg can be moved be taken medially and laterally under the instructor`s guidance. A person needs to draw their abdominal muscles in while stretching which helps in the anti version of the pelvis and conditioning the abdominal muscles.

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The reader should learn these stretches only under expert guidance as the props used needs to be fixed exactly over the points for its effectiveness. Once the person is relieved from pain and he learns the yogic flow of the body and bearing of body weight in advance postures.

In Ramraksha stotra it is mentioned that knee is a bridge between thigh and ten toes.

Januni sethukrthvathu jhmksh dashamukanthkh“(9th shloka).

जानुनी सेतुकृत्पातु जङ्घे दशमुखान्तक:

So it is said that the human has to take care of their legs especially knees because they help in locomotion. The person needs to be dedicated and patient as the yoga treatment involves prolonged period of practice because it not only helps in relieving knee pain but corrects overall body posture. Practice helps in understanding in a person’s nature which will be applicable in other times in the day too, Thus reversing the effect of knee pain on the body and mind.

The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 101 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.

Increased range of motion of Hip joints in 10 days with Medical Yoga

An individual, undergoing yoga therapy treatment in our center, has to maintain strict discipline in life. There are few “must do’s” which they have to follow daily and ignoring them can have an adverse effect. Firstly, it is doing stretching exercises every day which keeps the muscles around the hip joint movable. This can be achieved by performing the stretches taught in our session. Secondly always try to adopt a good posture throughout with awareness and effort. This will help in equal distribution of weight over the feet & consciously try to relax the muscles when resting. Given below are some basic postures taught in our Medical yoga school By Dr. Deepak Sachdeva, Medical Yoga Center.

Static Supta Padangusthasana 1 and 3:

Pose 1 in padangusthasana does not involve rotation, abduction, or adduction of hip, hence it stretches the muscles of the thigh evenly. Push up from your calves and heels and pull down your toes while spreading them. It helps in strengthening the hip joint and tones the lower spine. It relieves sciatic pain.

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k PadSupta Gomukhasana with Belt:

This pose stretches the gluteus, performs and the hip rotator muscles. It promotes mobility of the hip joint while strengthening muscles of the back. It improves the curvature of the spine.

The asanas help to reduce stiffness in the joint, strengthens the muscles, deep relaxation and rest to the joint which will reduce inflammation and decrease in pain & swelling. It also prevents further joint swellings. Yoga works as an alternative medicine which has been influenced by the ancient Indian practice of Hatha Yoga. The medical yoga postures are designed with emphasis given on proper alignment and execution to improve flexibility, balance, and strength. In Patanjali yoga sutra, it is explained that the cause of all sufferings is Avidya (Ignorance/ ground for losing touch with reality). Ignorance needs to be removed to attune oneself to one’s true nature. This can be achieved by continuous practice over an extended period of time, without a break and in all earnest. Prolonged practice can train the mind to observe and attune within.

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Along with yoga practice it is important to have a change in lifestyle which includes:

Sattvic food which helps in cleansing the bowel improves digestion and clears the mind. A diet which supplies sufficient and adequate nutrients required by the body is called a sattvic diet. Eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, which contains important vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E. Avoid foods which can lead to any kind of discomfort.

Eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as cold water fish (salmon, mackerel, and herring), flaxseed, rapeseed (canola) oil, soya bean oil, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.

Get plenty of sleep which helps a person recover from the flare up quickly.

Avoid staying in one position for too long.

Thus therapeutic benefits of yoga help in regularizing the physical movement by focusing on and developing an awareness of it which can improve synchronization between mind and body. To maintain effect achieved through yoga practice, it is necessary to keep performing the postures lifelong to avoid and cure the problems related to hip joints.

As mentioned in Patanjal Yog Sutra
sa tu dīrghakāla nairantarya satkāra-ādara-āsevito dṛḍhabhūmiḥ” || 1.14 ||

Success can definitely be achieved via sound and continuous practice over an extended period of time carried out in a serious and thoughtful manner.

In the end, have faith and trust in what you are doing, that is “Ishwar pranidhan (surrender)”.

The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 101 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.

Increased flexibility of the spine with longitudinal and rotational stretches

It is very important for a person suffering from ankylosing spondylitis to follow a few important rules in daily life. First of all, is following a disciplined life (nityaniyama) where a person needs to stretch his spine as a daily routine for easy movements to reduce pain, stiffness & inflammation of the spine. He should learn the correct posture of the body by equal distribution of weight over the legs while standing, walking and sitting, finally learning to relax muscles consciously through relaxation techniques and using them on an everyday basis. Following are the basic postures which are taught at Medical yogaTM center. They should be learned under the guidance of yoga expert only, for a better experience.

1. Vertical Arm Stretch:

It improves the flexibility of the spine and stretches the spine and hip flexors. This pose help in easing the pain and stiffness by stretching the spine right from the neck lower down up to coccyx. It Increases range of motion by relaxing the muscles. It helps to reverse degenerative tissue by improving physical strength and posture.

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Yoga works as alternative medicine influenced by the ancient Indian practice of Hatha Yoga. The medical yoga postures are designed with emphasis given on proper alignment and execution to improve flexibility, balance, and strength.

Along with yoga practice it is important to have a change in lifestyle which includes:

Satvic food which helps in cleansing the bowel improves digestion and clears the mind. A diet which supplies sufficient and adequate nutrients required by the body is called a sattvic diet. Eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, which contains important vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E. Avoid foods which can lead to any kind of discomfort.

Eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as cold water fish (salmon, mackerel, and herring), flaxseed, rapeseed (canola) oil, soya bean oil, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.

Get plenty of sleep which helps a person recover from the flare up quickly.

Avoid staying in one position for too long.

In Ayurveda, it is explained that the human body is like a mass spread in ether or space with elements of water, Fire, and Air and any imbalance in these result in disease. These bodily distortions are caused by distortions in the element space. Yoga is high-tech space science, It deals with the spaces between the vertebre for the exiting never root. Different types of stretches help to lengthen and strengthen the muscles, thus increasing the space between vertebras and maintaining the normal position of the spine and muscles around it. By regular practice of different postures, new memory link is established in a cell which further transfers it to a new generation. This is the secret where there is an alliance of intelligence and mind and expressed as new healthy cells to overcome all possible distortions of the body.

The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 101 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.

Get cherry Lips through Omkar Chanting

OM or AUM is the universal sound that vibrates in the universe, it is called Pranav mantra. It is considered as a root mantra in all Vedas. All other words that we speak are the mixture of these three basic words A, U, M. Aum should be chanted for numerous numbers of times to get benefits; we can get many health benefits by chanting AUM. Aum chanting has become a cornerstone in the yoga therapy programmes for its outstanding benefits. Here have described the procedure of chanting AUM in a particular way for healthy lips. It is always advisable to chant in front of the teacher/yoga therapist as they will guide a person.

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Procedure:

Wear comfortable and loose clothes.

The OM is chanted in the most comfortable posture either in padmasana, such asana or sidhanasa.

Place your hands on the thigh with palms facing upwards. Hold yoga mudra and close your eyes.

Sit erect by keeping your spine straight. Try to keep your whole body relaxed.

Initially, concentrate on your normal breathing, inhale and exhale slowly and deeply. OM has to be chanted during exhalation after a deep inhalation. Inhale slowly through your nose, once the lungs are filled exhale from your mouth chanting AUM.

While chanting AAAA focus on the area near you naval (Manipur Chakra), while chanting UUUU focus vibrations on your chest area (Anahata Chakra) and while chanting MMMM close your mouth by keeping a slight gap in your upper and lower lips and focus your attention on the throat and nose.

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AUM chanting by this way will create vibrations in the outer layer of the lips which will increase blood flow towards the lips making them less dry; increases sensitivity and becomes more red. Along with this AUM, chanting gives calmness in the body, mind, and soul by merging the vibrations of the body with that of the universe. All Bhijmantras and mantras originate from it. We get symbolically and physically tuned to the sound and acknowledge our connections to all other human beings, nature, and the universe.

Omkar arouses and transforms every atom in the physical body, setting up new vibrations and conditions, and awaking the sleeping power of the body. By chanting AUM in this way, after few chants a person will start feeling their lips getting sensitive as the blood supply to the lips and cheek muscles will increase. You will be filled with new vigour and strength.

The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 101 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.