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yin yoga poses for bursitis of the hips

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:41 am    Post subject: yin yoga poses for bursitis of the hips Reply with quote

Hi Benie ... I have a student with bursitis in the hips and I would like to know whether it is safe for her to practice yin hip openers while she is experiencing inflammation in that region and if so which ones?

Namaste, Toni
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:33 am    Post subject: Bursitis Reply with quote

Hi Toni ... thanks for posting the question. Before you begin to work out a safe practice for your student, you may want to inquire as to which type of hip bursitis she has. The most common form is bursitis of the trochanter (the outside of the hip), but some people get it in the ischium (the sitting bones). I am going to assume her case is the more common one, and she gets pain on the outside of her hip.

Naturally, she should ask her health care professional what she thinks about doing exercise, but normally exercises can help, but the kind of exercise is important. Walking and stair climbing can make this condition worse. Stretching can make it better.

Bursae are pads found between tendons/ligaments and bony surfaces. They help to lubricate the movement or gliding of the tendon over the bone. Sometimes they get over-stressed and become inflamed. Rarely, they may also become infected, which is why seeing a doctor is important. Normal treatment for inflammation can be helpful: RICE = rest, ice, compression and elevation. Some mobilization of the area also helps to bring nutrients into the region to assist with healing, but we don't want to overdo the stresses here.

Personally I have found that Yin Yoga poses help with bursitis in the hip. Your student might find that any pose that works the outside of the hip will help her. Try Bananasana: lying on her back, stretch both arms overhead and clasp the opposite elbows, then, without moving your hips, arch to the side. Move both your legs and your upper body. Go to where you feel a nice stretch along the side body. Also try Reclining Twist with the top leg straight out to the side, and hold that foot with the opposite hand. It doesn't matter if the leg is completely straight; she just wants to feel a stress in the outside of the hip. Hold each pose for 3~ 5 minutes.

It may take a few weeks for the condition to resolve itself. It will take longer if she keeps aggravating it (ie: if she keeps doing long walks or stair climbing or whatever created the condition in the first place.)

A good way to deal with the inflammation that accompanies bursitis is to take antioxidants. Supplements like Vitamin C, E and CoEnzyme 10 work well, but a great source of natural antioxidants can be found through earthing. You can read all about earthing in the latest Yin Yoga Insight Newsletter: http://www.yinyoga.com/Newsletter_volume4.php

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, if you ask me, I should say that there are lots of other things that she needs to find comfortable to do. If she can do the basic things most of us do, then I suggest you take her to the yoga class. But even then, special care should be sought for her health which includes appropriate diet and sleep. Also, she should make sure that she should start it slow and shouldnt strain herself too much
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:51 pm    Post subject: Bursitis in the Hips Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice ... wanted to check in to let you know how its going .... however this student has not returned to class as yet. I did of course initially advise her to seek leave from her health care professional before continuing her practice. In the meantime I appreciate the information .... and this forum as a source of such helpful advice.
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