Yoga Benefit #3: Yoga Increases the Range of Motion and Flexibility


By Tari Prinster

Cancer treatments usually create inflexibility, as some cancer surgeries and radiation therapies create scar tissue around muscles.  The scaring makes them stiff and painful to move.  Other treatments like chemotherapy and hormone therapy create stiffness in the joints, which decrease the body’s ability to bend and limit the muscles and bones’ ability to work together efficiently.  

A yoga practice will help achieve the goal of exploring your range of motion, and give guidelines that will help you through various stages of flexibility using restorative poses and gravity to increase flexibility.  Gradually, you will not only become more flexible but will go about your daily life activities with less pain.