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08.13.12 | Yoga Fixes From Head To Toes: Poses For 8 Common Conditions - Huffington Post
Scientific research into what medical conditions yoga can heal and how it does its work is blossoming. Last year the National Institutes of Health funded 30 clinical trials covering everything from yoga for back pain to cognitive function, blood pressure, irritable bowel, and cardiovascular disease risk.
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What Should I Look for in a Yoga Instructor? - Men's Health
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04.23.12 | Dr. Loren Fishman, A Physical Medicine Doctor with a Yogi’s Mind
As movement specialists we have many modalities from which to choose to assist our clients in finding their paths to well being and healthier bodies.
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01.31.12 | Healthy to the Bone - Whole Living
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01.19.12 | Yoga Made Safer - My Health News Daily
Popular form of exercise can lead to permanent disabilities.
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01.06.12 | Yoga Causes Surprising Number of Injuries - ABC News
Popular form of exercise can lead to permanent disabilities.
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01.03.12 | Shouldering the Pain - The Daily
Non-invasive alternative therapies are often compatible with conventional treatments for back pain, have a relatively lower cost and can sometimes be done at home.
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12.07.11 | Mix and Match Alternative Therapies to Ease Back Pain - Huffington Post
Non-invasive alternative therapies are often compatible with conventional treatments for back pain, have a relatively lower cost and can sometimes be done at home.
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11.12.11 | The People's Pharmacy - 835 Ancient Moves for Joint Relief
In addition to being Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, Dr. Fishman is also author of seven books, author or editor of more than 70 academic articles, and a world-recognized pioneer in the treatment of piriformis syndrome and rotator cuff tear.
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10.17.11 | The Humble Elegance of Yoga - It's All Yoga Baby
In addition to being Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, Dr. Fishman is also author of seven books, author or editor of more than 70 academic articles, and a world-recognized pioneer in the treatment of piriformis syndrome and rotator cuff tear.
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09.23.11 | A New Yoga-Inspired Technique To Help Your Shoulder Injury - Huffington Post
A painful surgery with a long recovery time and often disappointing results costing in excess of $12,000 is the standard treatment for rotator cuff tear, an upper extremity injury so common it showed up in almost 61 percent of shoulders in one study. Many patients with rotator cuff tear have come to me for help after playing golf or tennis, going to the gym, taking a suitcase from an overhead airplane bin, lifting and pulling activities or experiencing an accident. As a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and as someone who had gone through the surgery himself, I wished I could do more to help many of them avoid surgery.
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08.01.11 | Ancient Moves for Orthopedic Problems - The New York Times
With the costs of medical care spiraling out of control and an ever-growing shortage of doctors to treat an aging population, it pays to know about methods of prevention and treatment for orthopedic problems that are low-cost and rely almost entirely on self-care. As certain methods of alternative medicine are shown to have real value, some mainstream doctors who "think outside the box" have begun to incorporate them into their practices.
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07.21.11 | Yoga poses for what ails you - CNN
When Dr. Carolyn LaFleur was in a car accident six years ago, she couldn't move her neck for a year and a half, she had terrible pain in her hip, and she would get headaches at her temples. Frequent icing, physical therapy and massage therapy helped her neck and hip, but didn't do much for the pain in her head.
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07.14.11 | Facing chronic pain without drugs - CNN
For two years after a hip surgery that didn't work out as well as he'd hoped, pain shot down Jim Heckler's leg like electrical shocks. Several doctors, eager to help Heckler feel better, prescribed various narcotic painkillers. "I was taking whatever they gave me," says Heckler, a 47-year-old businessman. His doctors were fine with Heckler taking narcotics long-term, but Heckler wasn't. He sought out Dr. Vijay Vad, a sports medicine specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, where Heckler lives, in hopes of finding a different approach.
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07.07.11 | An Ancient Technique To Shape Your Body And Mind - Huffington Post
Whether you're thinking of getting involved in martial arts or have already begun, you can improve your health and pave the way to preventing future medical problems, all while having fun learning non-violent self-defense. The martial arts all have different traditions, philosophies and styles. Since they are often based on ancient philosophy, no matter which one you choose, there is usually a spiritual element and the possibility for inner growth.
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06.06.11 | New Method Diagnoses Unexplained Nerve Pain - Huffington Post
Last Tuesday, a 40-year-old communications expert came to me for help with the intense pain in his back and awful, lightning-like sensations going down his leg. It was worst when he walked and not so bad when he rode his bicycle. An MRI showed two problems: spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal cord) and a herniated disc. The likelihood was that one of these two problems was the greatest source of this poor fellow's pain. If he needed surgery, it would be a different surgery for each of his problems. In these types of situations, mistakes are sometimes made. I needed a firm diagnosis to make any rational treatment decision.
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06.02.11 | Sudden Back Pain - Huffington Post
It's true, many cases of back pain do seem to arise from something very trivial. Sometimes it's obvious: for example, you're pulling weeds in your garden at the end of the season when the weeds are really tough. We can exert a tremendous leverage on the spine; the kind of pressures that you can generate may be a hundred times greater than normal. You may only realize it when it's too late.
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05.23.11 | 6 Healing Tips for Back Pain - Huffington Post
Back pain is a common condition that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. Here are a few tips that may relieve the pain.
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05.10.11 | The 10 Commandments of Back Pain - Huffington Post
Twenty years of treating people whose backs ache, trying to help thousands find its cause and deal with its crippling challenges, I have developed my own set of ideas for what to do when your back hurts, when you have a pain in the butt or when nasty sensations radiate down your leg.
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05.04.11 | Complementary Osteoarthritis Treatment: What Works, What Doesn't - Huffington Post
There are many types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis -- the wear-and-tear-condition that affects us all to one degree or another as we grow older -- is mainly a problem with the cartilage within joints. When a joint works properly, bones, bathed in lubricating synovial fluid, slide along each other smoothly. But arthritis (also called degenerative joint disease) can cause damage to the cartilage on one side, which soon produces disrepair on the other side.
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05.01.11 | Yoga Journal
Good to the Bone, by Catherine Guthrie, pp 47-52.

04.25.11 | When Medicine and Yoga Meet: Q & A with Loren Fishman, MD - Huffington Post
It isn't often that your doctor takes off his coat, puts on shorts, and leads a yoga class. Unless your doctor is Loren Fishman, MD. Fishman is the medical director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, author of several yoga books, and a pioneer in the treatment of piriformis syndrome, rotator cuff tears, and back pain. And twice a week, Fishman, who studied directly with B.K.S. Iyengar, personally teaches therapeutic yoga poses to small groups of patients.
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04.25.11 | Osteoporosis Drugs: The Good, the Bad, the Natural Alternatives - Huffington Post
Women (and men!) of a certain age who have been diagnosed with osteoporsis are frequently prescribed a bisphosphonate like Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, Altevia or Reclast. In 2009 more than 5 million prescriptions for these drugs were written. But, as time has gone on, the dangers of long-term use of these drugs causing exactly fractures they were supposed to prevent -- and doing other damage -- have become well-known.
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04.11.11 | Piriformis Syndrome: A Pain In The...Back - Huffington Post
About 5 million of the 26 million Americans who suffer from low back pain each year have piriformis syndrome. Piriformis syndrome produces an intense, sometimes crippling pain deep in the butt cheek, usually just on one side. It's caused by jogging for miles, marathon sessions with the computer and with long commutes in a car.
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04.06.11 | Alternative Therapies for Back Pain - Huffington Post
Your back is killing you. You've gone to your internist. You've gotten a diagnosis and possibly medications and an injection. Still it hurts. You're ready to try just about anything. Alternative therapies are effective and can often be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments.
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07.15.10 | Boston Globe July 5,2010
Another option particularly useful for elders may be yoga.

In New York, Dr. Loren Fishman, an assistant clinical professor at Columbia University Medical Center who specializes in rehabilitative treatment, has been using yoga to help patients recover from rotator cuff tears without surgery. He teaches how to do a head stand or a modified head stand against a wall — a position that, he said, helps train the subscapularis muscle, which is one of the four muscles in the cuff — to do what the torn cuff muscles did: help lift the arm.

Fishman said he has trained about 600 patients in recent years, including a number in their 50s, 60s, and 70s, and most have been able to return to their sport, although some have had to limit the activities.

"In general, they return to swimming, possibly focusing a little less on freestyle and more on backstroke or sidestroke,'' he said, "but they are fine with most activities including tennis, bowling, and basketball. Yes, basketball.''
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12.08.09 | Pilot Study And New Book Prove Yoga's Benefits In Treating Osteoporosis
"As a physician and advocate of integrative medicine, I have shown that Yoga can improve upon or substitute for traditional Western medical treatments for osteoporosis, which affects 200 million people worldwide. And I have co-authored "Yoga for Osteoporosis" (scheduled for publication by WW Norton on March 29, 2010) to provide individuals some achievable control over their own bone health."
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08.17.09 | Steps to Health: Some yoga can strengthen bones
"Dr. Fishman says yoga is a safer alternative to bisphosphonates, drugs such as Fosamax intended to increase bone mass and reduce the risk of fracture in patients with osteoporosis, which can cause serious side effects."
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04.01.08 | Q & A: How can I do away with sciatica?
"The first and most important thing to do is to find out what's causing your pain — you can't treat it until you know what it is." - Dr. Loren Fishman
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05.20.07 | The Yoga Therapist will see you now
"An MRI revealed a torn rotator cuff, for which Fishman prescribed, among other things, a variation of a headstand using a chair. This pose can help relieve pain and restore range of motion, yoga therapists say, because of a method called muscular substitution—training the body to avoid aggravating an existing problem by using other muscles."
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12.10.02 | Yoga in Medicine
"The following text is reproduced with permission of the author. It is a complete chapter from a forthcoming book. Dr. Fishman is a distinguished clinician and a trailblazer in the treatment of sciatica. He is the author of "Back Pain How to Relieve Low Back Pain and Sciatica". He is also a committed practitioner of and thinker about yoga, a discipline which he learned through intensive study in India with yogic master Sri BKS Iyengar. Dr Fishman is a regular contributor to Yoga.com's "Ask the Expert".
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01.12.94 | Lumbosacral Spine MRI
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