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Yoga improves balance, endurance in older stroke victims



Posted On: June 6, 2011

Washington, June 5 (ANI): A study conducted by Indiana University has revealed that yoga can help elderly stroke victims to improve their balance and endurance.

The researchers tested the benefits of the popular mind-body practice on 19 men and one woman in the average age group of 66 years.

The participants attended the twice-weekly hour-long group yoga class for eight weeks, taught by a yoga therapist who dramatically modified the poses to meet the veterans' needs.

Following this, a range of balance items measured by the Berg Balance Scale and Fullerton Advance Balance Scale showed significant improvement of 17 pc and 34 pc respectively.

"It also was interesting to see how much the men liked it," said Schmid, assistant professor of occupational therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Statistical figures reveal that strokes can quadruple the risk of falling and greatly increase the risk of breaking a hip after a fall. An estimated 80 pc of people who have strokes will also have some degree of impaired balance.

The study led researchers to vouch for the carefully crafted yoga poses for older stroke victims.Everything was modified because we wanted them to be successful on day one. Everyone could be successful at some level," " Schmid added. (ANI)

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