Stroke patients to take up yoga?

Posted on 06 June 2011

Stroke survivors, who are likely to be paying for long term care, could improve their balance and endurance skills by partaking in yoga classes, research has suggested.

Twenty stroke patients attended two hour-long yoga classes per week for eight weeks as part of an Indiana University study.

An instructor adjusted the yoga postures to cater to the ability of the older people.

Participants showed a significantly increased balancing ability and their confidence in their balancing skills also rose.

Arlene A Schmid, lead researcher, said: "They enjoyed it so much partly because they weren't getting any other treatment. They had already completed their rehabilitation but felt there still was room for improvement."

In other news, Emma Malcolm, chief executive of Prostate Action, has said that all men diagnosed with prostate cancer should exercise regularly.

She advised that moderate physical exercise be undertaken by older men for at least 30 minutes, five times per week.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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