Yoga-Therapy and Osteochondrosis, or Why Treat the Spine?
The problematic of the spine
The branch of medicine related to spinal column studies has been developing rapidly over the recent decades.
Plenty of research work has been done, theses have been upheld and various methods of treating spinal diseases have been proposed. A number of names have become “popular” – those of Evminov, Bubnovsky and so on (the analysis of their proposed methods been a topic for a separate article).
Keeping abreast of the events, the World Health Organization (WHO) with the support of the UN dedicated the past decade to comprehensive study of human musculoskeletal system having declared the years 2000-2010 to be the “decade of bones and joints”.
According to WHO statistics, 30 to 87% of the most employable population aged 30 to 60 years suffer from spine osteochondrosis. The materials of the VIIIth World Congress dedicated to pain issues held in Vancouver in 1996 show that the back pain is the second most common reason for seeking medical attention and the 3rd most frequent cause of hospitalization after respiratory diseases, with 60-80% of population having experienced it at least once.
As it usually happens, the trends of the time found a quick response in press. Store shelves are filled with brochures with corresponding titles, their number being unprecedented: “Help Your Spine”, “Flexible Spine as a Recipe of Your Youth”, or “Healthy Spine Means Long Life” etc.
This common lot has also befell some styles of “fitness” and “pseudo-fitness-yoga” that lazily entwines the Western medicine knowledge into the canvas of asanas and pranayamas.
The urgency of the problem is obvious, and I suggest that in this article we study out why this issue is so topical.