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New e-book - Piriformis Syndrome
My new e-book “Piriformis Syndrome” with the anatomy, pathology, conventional and yoga-treatment is available - CLICK HERE
Upcoming Fall 2015 Workshops and Beyond
Please join me at Kripalu in Lennox, MA for my Yoga for Healing workshop where I will be going through topics from my latest book, Healing Yoga. We will be going over yoga for various ailments including: Lower Back Pain, Rotator Cuff "Cure", Scoliosis, Insomnia, Plantar Faciitis, Bunions and Weight Control.
I will be back up at Kripalu in January with Yoga for Osteoporosis which will be followed by a module led by Terry Schaff. We are introducing certification for Yoga for Osteoporosis and both of these modules will be required. Hope to see you there! Happy Fall!
Yoga for Healing
October 16th - 18th
With Terry Schaff
For all levels.
Discover how yoga practices can help treat low-back pain, insomnia, rotator cuff syndrome, obesity, scoliosis, plantar fasciitis and weight loss. Terry Schaff and I will teach yoga postures that address these particular conditions. Through discussion, practice, and individual cases, you learn therapeutically oriented, anatomically sophisticated methods that take physiology and kinesiology into account while remaining accessible to everyone, from fellow physicians and therapists to yoga teachers and students.
Terry and I created this program as a complement to Loren's latest book, Healing Yoga: Proven Postures to Treat Twenty Common Ailments. They take participants' individual problems into consideration wherever possible in the workshop. Recommended reading Loren Fishman, Healing Yoga: Proven Postures to Treat Twenty Common Ailments.
Yoga for Osteoporosis
January 22nd - 24th
With Terry Schaff
For medical professionals, yoga teachers and therapists, yoga practitioners at all levels, and people living with osteoporosis. Regain and maintain healthy bone strength with a 12-pose, 12-minute yoga sequence that has proven beneficial for combating osteoporosis and osteopenia. We will offer an understanding of:
- The anatomy and physiology of bone cells and the ongoing cycle of bone growth and loss
- Why these particular poses enhance bone health, improve balance and strength, increase range of motion, refine coordination, and lower anxiety
- The scientific basis of the yoga postures in this practice, supported by peer-reviewed publications and books.
Building a Yoga Practice to Combat Osteoporosis
January 24th - 27th
With Terry Schaff
Discover safe ways to build and strengthen your bones, no matter your level of experience or physical limitations. Medical yoga therapist Terry Schaff teaches yoga poses from Loren Fishman's medical research study on yoga for osteoporosis, which examines the benefits of the practice for this all-too-common condition. Learn variations of classic yoga postures tailored to your ability level, and shown to improve balance, build muscles, and strengthen bones without putting you at risk of injury. You'll return home with a Yoga for Osteoporosis sequence suited to your unique needs, so you can get the most out of your practice. This program can be enjoyed as a continuation of the weekend with Terry and Loren, or as a stand-alone program.
Sciatica and Buttock Pain
Randomized, Controlled, Double-Blinded
Qualified patients may receive free botulinum injections and 12 sessions of physical therapy without cost. Qualified patients with buttock pain and/or sciatica for whom the reasonable cause of these complaints is the piriformis muscle will be given either botulinum toxin or placebo. Interested parties should call (212) 472-0077 or fill out the forms below and send them to Nimmi@sciatica.org or mail them to Loren M. Fishman, MD, 1009 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10028.
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7 Health Benefits of Yoga for Guys
The word yoga may conjure up images of super-limber women in leggings twisting their bodies into impossible poses. But stereotypes aside, yoga offers a variety of health benefits for men as well as women. Loren M. Fishman, MD, medical director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and an assistant clinical professor at Columbia Medical School, studied yoga in India, has written about it as a valuable addition to traditional medical treatment, and uses it in his rehabilitation practice to help with neurological and musculoskeletal problems.
Peer Reviewed: Very Short-Term Practice of a Simple Yoga Pose Reduces Adolescent Scoliosis By Almost Half
Newswise — A basic yoga pose, done for an average of only 1.5 minutes a day, six days a week for two months, reduced idiopathic scoliosis curves for adolescent and adult patients an average of 32% in the first peer-reviewed published clinical trial studying yoga for the reduction of scoliosis curves.
Yoga Causes Surprising Number of Injuries - ABC NEWS
World News with Diane Sawyer reporter, Lindsey Davis interviews Dr. Loren Fishman and our yoga therapist Cathy Lilly.
Dr. Fishman's audio tapes on yoga treatment for rotator cuff and for osteoporosis/osteopenia - NOW AVAILABLE:
Dr. Loren Fishman: Yoga for Low Back Pain - Secrets to Safely Relieving and Preventing Back Pain
Creating a Safe Yoga Practice - Keys to Preventing and Healing Shoulder Injuries with Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall
Sciatica – pain, weakness, numbness, and other discomfort along the path of the sciatic nerve – often accompanies low back pain, which afflicts every adult from time to time, costing billions of dollars in healthcare and more lost days of work than anything but the common cold. Low back pain and sciatica can baffle physicians and other medical professionals, arising without warning and continuing for long periods of time.
Sciatica is a symptom of a problem at some point along the sciatic nerve rather than an ailment in and of itself. A herniated disc in the back, spinal stenosis and piriformis syndrome are medical disorders that can cause sciatica. Individuals who have sciatica are often crippled by it, and are driven to seek relief from conventional medical treatment, alternative therapies, and "miracle" cures.
Our aim is to promote understanding for healthcare professionals and for the general public by providing access to basic scientific and practical information which may help with diagnostic and treatment decisions involving sciatica. We also perform research studies to learn more about diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this ubiquitous condition.
We hope this site is helpful. It is for your information, but is not intended to replace a physician's examination and subsequent advice. Please consult a physician before embarking on any course of diagnosis or treatment.
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION AT ONCE IF YOU EXPERIENCE:
• LOSS OF CONTROL OF BOWEL OR BLADDER
• INCREASING WEAKNESS IN THE TRUNK, BUTTOCKS OR LEGS
• NUMBNESS THAT ASCENDS FROM TOES OR FEET
• ANY OF THE ABOVE, WITH FEVER OR FORCEFUL VOMITING