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Rotator Cuff Research

Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

133 E. 58th Street

Suite 811-812

New York, New York 10022

(212) 472-0077 * Please note:  Phones in Midtown Manhattan are currently inconsistent.  If problems, email Erika@sciatica.org.

We have received an NIH grant to study rotator cuff syndrome, a painful shoulder condition.

People with shoulder pain due to rotator cuff tears will be treated without cost. The protocol involves a yoga-like pose which has been shown in peer-review publications to relieve pain and restore normal movement in over 90% of patients.

http://ozreport.com/docs/Yoga_Based_Maneuver_Effectively_Treats_Rotator.10.pdf

This requires only a single visit. The pose takes a short time to learn, and usually less than a minute (60 seconds) to do. Those interested should call the office at (212) 472-0077.   Bring any imaging studies or other relevant medical data with you. Be sure to tell Erika or Katie that you want to join the rotator cuff study.

Yoga Injury Prevention – A portable Website

To access the Yoga Injury Prevention interactive software, go to

                                                                   http://YIP.guru

This is a working site downloadable on I-phone and Android.

At this point it has essentially two functions:

  1. By clicking on any one of 90+ poses, YIP will instantly give you all the contraindicated conditions.  While teaching a class, students for whom that pose is dangerous will know at once.

  2. By selecting one or more conditions, YIP will instantly give you all the contraindicated poses, as well as the poses that are all right. In 1-on-1 teaching, you can click on multiple conditions and immediately see which poses are all right, and which are contraindicated. E.g., in a complicated person you’re  helping with their back pain, you can click on “Diabetes. Glaucoma, Total Knee Replacement, herniated lumbar disc” and see all the poses that are not contraindicated for someone with those all conditions, the poses that make sense for that person. Then select out of them the ones are good for that particular person with his or her particular strengths and weaknesses.

In the ensuing months we will be adding three sections:

  1. Why each contraindicated pose is contraindicated by each condition.

  2. Realistic work-arounds and/or props that will enable a person with that condition to practice the pose, or one quite like it.

  3. Which poses, if any, are helpful for ameliorating, slowing down, or eliminating the condition.

The 90+ poses include most commonly done poses, and all those in the Iyengar Introductory Manual I and II.

The  57 conditions are among those commonly encountered in yoga studios with younger and older students.

This site was created by Loren Fishman, MD, B.Phil,(oxon.), Victor Oppenheimer, Taliesin Oppenheimer, and Carrie Owerko.

Victor has been doing yoga for more than 40 years, taught computer science at Harvard, and is past President of the Cambridge Society of Computing Machines.

Taliesin is a computer engineer in Cambridge, MA.

Carrie Owerko is a world-renowned yoga teacher whose creative and playful methods have won her innumerable students.  She writes in the Yoga Journal frequently and has been on its cover.  Her classes and You tube work is as original as it is clarifying, and her radiant spirit comes through in everything she does, including this working site. 

Dr. Fishman’s CV can be seen at the “About Us” tab at this website’s home page.

Fortnightly Yoga for Osteoporosis Class

Every Other Tuesday

133 East 58th Street

Next Class Tuesday, November 14 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Dr. Fishman teaches a small class for people wishing to build their bone mineral density through yoga.  We use Dr. Fishman’s Method, which was found to actually increase bone mineral density in an 8-year 741 patient study (243 completing the entire 2-year protocol) that was published in a peer-reviewed journal recently:

http://journals.lww.com/topicsingeriatricrehabilitation/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2016&issue=04000&article=00003&type=Citation

Qualified applicants with other diagnoses, and healthy volunteers may be accepted.

For reservations and more information, call (212) 472-0077

 

Yoga for Osteoporosis:  For students and teachers

Kripalu Yoga Institute

Lenox, MA

Friday January 19 – Sunday, January 21, 2018

With Terry Roth Schaff – Certified IAYT Yoga Therapist, E-RYT

This 8 1/2 hour workshop will teach Dr. Fishman’s Method, the 12 – pose sequence of Iyengar-style poses that have been shown to raise bone mineral density in healthy people, and reverse osteoporosis and osteopenia in more than 80% of the people who adhere to doing the poses daily. There are three forms to every pose: a beginning version, an intermediate version, and the classical pose.  The course is intended to engage people who have no yoga experience as well as yoga practitioners to learn the poses at a suitable degree of challenge and work forward from there. It is not a certification course. For some, even the beginner level pose is too advanced;  Terry and Loren specialize in analyzing the postures and helping people start at even more fundamental places, working up from two or three preliminary exercises for a week or two, and then embarking on the beginner pose.  \

https://kripalu.org/presenters-programs/yoga-osteoporosis

Terry and Loren:  “We love the work.  Teaching beginners to begin and  advanced pupils to get down to fundamentals is very rewarding.  To us, there is no one so advanced that they cannot benefit from returning to the basics, and no one so naive that they cannot understand how to advance.”

 

 

Osteoporosis Certification Course:  Dr. Fishman’s Method

New York City

Pure Yoga West

Amsterdam at 77th Street, New York City

Friday, February 23 5pm – 8pm (Studio 6)

Saturday, February 24 10am – 7pm (Studio 6)

Sunday, February 25 9am – 5pm (Studio 6)

Dr. Fishman, Ellen Saltonstall, and one helper for every 10 – 15 people will teach 20 hours in these three days, preceded by 20 hours of online theoretical work with YogaUonline.  The goal is to help participants become competent in teaching the 12 poses that have been shown in a large 10-year study to reverse osteoporosis and osteopenia, and build bone in people that do not have these conditions, and do not want them! However, people who do not wish to teach, but seek an in-depth understanding of yoga for osteoporosis, and how to use the poses to greatest advantage are also welcome.

Three versions of each pose are taught: a beginner version, an intermediate version, and the classical pose.  Each version has value to build bone mineral density, but the more advanced versions appear to be the most effective.  Time is also devoted to the delicate and critical process of safely progressing from one version to the next.

The 20 hours on line were created by Dr. Fishman, Ellen Saltonstall and Eva Norlyk in webinars which describe the physiological principles and actual mechanisms by which yoga builds bone mineral density, with ample references and direct linkages to the practice taught in the workshop.  People are encouraged to study and complete the 20 on-line hours before the workshop.  They will be most likely to take in the workshop’s detailed teaching with this background.  Other preparatory material includes Dr. Fishman’s and Ellen Saltonstall’s book “Yoga for Osteoporosis,” W.W. Norton, 2009.

Although everyone is invited to take this course, people desiring to teach Dr. Fishman’s Method must have two qualifications:

  1. 200-hour yoga teacher certification.

  2. At least 5 years teaching experience, or the equivalent.

There is also a written exam on-line after the 20 hours of teaching, and a practical teaching exam at the end of the workshop. No one is required to take the exams unless they want to teach the Method.

http://bit.ly/2iHdDDz

Anyone in the course is well-qualified to participate in our recently begun dose-response study.  Additionally, Certified teachers are able to participate in the study by holding individual and group classes with subjects.  Certified teachers and their emails are listed on this website under the “Osteoporosis” tab seen at the top of the home page.  The course manual features many pictures and a six-session suggested course that certified teachers may use afterwards.

Osteoporosis Certification Course: Dr. Fishman’s Method

Art of Living Retreat Center

Boone, N.C

639 Whispering Hills Rd

(800) 392-6870

May 30 – June 3, 2018

 

Dr. Fishman, Caryna Wong, and one helper for every 10 – 15 people will teach 20 hours in these three days, preceded by 20 hours of online theoretical work with YogaUonline.  The goal is to help participants become competent in teaching the 12 poses that have been shown in a large 10-year study to reverse osteoporosis and osteopenia, and build bone in people that do not have these conditions, and do not want them! However, people who do not wish to teach, but seek an in-depth understanding of yoga for osteoporosis, and how to use the poses to greatest advantage are also welcome.

Three versions of each pose are taught: a beginner version, an intermediate version, and the classical pose.  Each version has value to build bone mineral density, but the more advanced versions appear to be the most effective.  Time is also devoted to the delicate and critical process of safely progressing from one version to the next.

The 20 hours on line were created by Dr. Fishman, Ellen Saltonstall and Eva Norlyk in webinars which describe the physiological principles and actual mechanisms by which yoga builds bone mineral density, with ample references and direct linkages to the practice taught in the workshop.  People are encouraged to study and complete the 20 on-line hours before the workshop.  They will be most likely to take in the workshop’s detailed teaching with this background.  Other preparatory material includes Dr. Fishman’s and Ellen Saltonstall’s book “Yoga for Osteoporosis,” W.W. Norton, 2009.

https://artoflivingretreatcenter.org/calendar/?arrival_date=&departure_date=&text=Loren+Fishman

Although everyone is invited to take this course, people desiring to teach Dr. Fishman’s Method must have two qualifications:

1.200-hour yoga teacher certification.

2.At least 5 years teaching experience, or the equivalent.

There is also a written exam on-line after the 20 hours of teaching, and a practical teaching exam at the end of the workshop. No one is required to take the exams unless they want to teach the Method.

Anyone in the course is well-qualified to participate in our recently begun dose-response study.  Additionally, Certified teachers are able to participate in the study by holding individual and group classes with subjects.  Certified teachers and their emails are listed on this website under the “Osteoporosis” tab seen at the top of the home page.  The course manual features many pictures and a six-session suggested course that certified teachers may use afterwards.

 

Yoga for Osteoporosis – To learn the poses proven to work

Yogaville, VA  

June 15 – 17, 2018

 

8 -10 hours teaching the poses. This is not a certification course, it is for people wanting to learn how to do the yoga properly.  The twelve poses are each presented in three versions: Beginner, Intermediate, and the Classical Pose.  Each person can pursue the poses at the level(s) she or he finds best.  The poses are the ones shown in a peer-review published study to reverse osteopenia and osteoporosis, and also to improve the bone mineral density of  people who do not have (and do not want!) either condition.

 

http://www.yogaville.org/?s=Fishman&program_date=

Osteoporosis Certification Course:  Dr. Fishman’s Method

Coconut Grove, Florida

Aum Home Shala

October 5-8, 2018

Space is limited—register early! Early Bird Discount through March 1st.

This course includes 20 classroom hours and a 20-hour online component via YogaUonline.

On-site dates at AUM:

  • Friday, October 5: 7:00–9:00 pm

  • Saturday, October 6: 9:00 am–5:00 pm 

  • Sunday, October 7: 9:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Monday, October 8: 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Peer-reviewed research shows that yoga can help build bone density and reverse osteopenia and osteoporosis. Given the increasing number of older students coming to yoga classes, teachers need solid, evidence-based training in order to effectively serve these students. Dr. Fishman’s Method, consisting of 12 poses, has been proven to increase bone density for students with osteoporosis or osteopenia, and to prevent bone loss in those without those diagnoses. This method is the subject of the training, which includes 20 hours of prerequisite online material covering the science and yoga practices involved, plus 20 hours of in-person instruction in how to teach the poses.

Graduates of the course will be certified to teach Dr. Fishman’s Method. You will learn how to prepare new students to practice safely, and how to adapt the 12 poses for any level of student. Those who want this knowledge but are not intending to teach are also welcome to attend the training. Dr. Fishman’s and Ellen Saltonstall’s book Yoga for Osteoporosis is good preparation for the course.

The 12 poses are Vrksasana, Utthita Trikonasana, Virabhadrasana 2, Parsvakonasana, Parivrrta Trikonasana, Shalabhasana, Setubandhasana, Supta Padangusthasana 1 and 2, Maricyasana 3, Ardha Matsyendrasana, and Savasana. We will also teach several preparation and warm-up poses to support the proper alignment of the twelve poses, and guidelines for sequences to be used for ongoing classes. During the 20-hour live workshop, students practice the poses, they practice teach with each other, and they demonstrate their teaching to the presenters at the end of the weekend, as required for certification.

Please note: Certification in Dr. Fishman’s Method is awarded to those who complete the entire 40-hour training with passing grades on the two tests (one online and one live teaching) plus five years of yoga teaching. Those who attend the entire course and pass both tests but have been teaching less than five years will be awarded Registered Teacher status, which will automatically convert to Certified Teacher when they complete five years of teaching. Certified teachers are able to participate in studies, which includes teaching people enrolling in the studies, and participating in them.   Certified teachers are also listed on Dr. Fishman’s website, sciatica.org

Cancellation policy: If you cancel 3 weeks prior to the program, you will receive a full refund minus a $100 nonrefundable processing fee. If you cancel between 3 weeks and 1 week prior to the program, you will receive a refund of half the tuition, minus the $100 nonrefundable processing fee. Cancellations less than 1 weeks prior to the program are nonrefundable.

Bowtie TechnicolorLoren M. Fishman, MD, B.Phil., (oxon.), graduated from Christ Church, Oxford, and spent the year 1973 with B. K. S. Iyengar in Pune, India. He went on to Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical School, in a Tufts-Harvard Residency program, and served as Chief Resident at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Loren has written and edited more than 95 academic articles and chapters, and 12 books, including the best-selling Yoga for Osteoporosis and Yoga for Arthritis (W.W. Norton), with Ellen Saltonstall, Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis with Eric Small, and Healing Yoga–Yoga Cures for 20 Common Conditions. Dr. Fishman has a private practice in Manhattan and is on staff at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Early Bird Tuition through March 1

$1,275 USD

4-payment plan

$350 USD