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Are you a teen suffering from scoliosis? A new clinical trial can help

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Posted on May 6, 2022

MyYogaTeacher’s newest advisory board member and renowned physician, Dr. Loren Fishman, is conducting a clinical trial to treat adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with yoga, and you can participate for free!

This non-randomized control trial is designed to treat thoracic and lumbar scoliosis in teens between the ages of 14 and 18 with daily practice of a few targeted yoga poses. Through previous research, Dr. Fishman found that yoga could actually improve curving of the spine, and this new study will provide further evidence of its efficacy.

By practicing Side-Plank, Half-Moon, and Elevated Side Angle poses on a daily basis, previous participants experienced significant improvement in both lumbar and thoracic scoliosis over several months. This kind of breakthrough shows a great degree of promise for utilizing yoga as a therapeutic tool to combat scoliosis in teens.

Dr. Fishman’s new study will once again incorporate a daily, 2-minute yoga routine, along with small botulinum injections. As a crossover study, everyone participating will get the full treatment—provided by Dr. Fishman and the Columbia University Medical School.

If you or someone you know would like to participate in Dr. Fishman’s research, it’s easy to get involved! The study is free and open to anyone with scoliosis between 14 and 18 years of age. Submit your information below to sign up today.

About Dr. Loren Fishman

Dr. Loren Fishman is an advisory board member at MyYogaTeacher, as well as an accomplished physician and yogi. He’s Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University Medical School and has a graduate degree in Foundations of Mathematics from the University of Oxford, as well as a medical degree from Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical School. He is also Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York, NY.

Dr. Fishman first discovered yoga through reading Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and later furthered his practice by learning directly from master yogi B.K.S. Iyengar in India. Through that experience, he was able to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanics of yoga and how it can be used to treat various medical conditions.

Throughout his career, Dr. Fishman has demonstrated the therapeutic value of yoga to treat osteoporosis, scoliosis, rotator cuff syndrome, arthritis, insomnia, anxiety, and many other issues. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Spine, Muscle and Nerve, and a number of international periodicals. He has been listed in Castle and Connolly’s “Best Doctors” more than 10 times, and was past President of the New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Fishman has also published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, including 12 books.

He is currently the Associate Editor of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, and Treasurer of the National Zoster Foundation. He has been a keynote speaker at the International Association of Yoga Practitioners’ meetings, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Dr. Fishman also has a private medical practice in New York, NY.

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