Bow Legs No More
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Exercise and Yoga as a Remedy

Bow legs is a condition that is occasionally seen even today. The reason is possibly a lack of proper awareness and education. It is important to know what bow legs are and how it is caused. It is also important to be able to identify the signs of bow legs before one can even decide on its remedy. Bow legs is the unusual bending of oneís legs in the outward direction, and is best addressed in its early stages rather than waiting for the problem to worsen.

Learning before treating
Talking about education and awareness, it is very important to know what causes bow legs before looking for a treatment. In most cases, bow legs are simply a natural and temporary stage in a childís life. A child could have bow legs up to the age of around 3 or 4 years, without it continuing into adulthood. However, in some cases, due to various pathological conditions, this disorder leads to bow legs continuing past the age of 4 years, with it only worsening, as opposed to the usual phenomenon of it naturally subsiding.

These conditions causing bow legs could be lead or fluoride poisoning, Bloutís disease, Rickets, and even fractures and breaks in the bones of the legs. Itís important to consult a doctor to see whatís causing your bow legs, because treatment depends on the cause. Usually, though, the treatment will comprise some sort of composite regimen that involves both physical exercise and medication. Weíll give you a rough overview of the sort of training regimen that is used to correct bow legs.

Why combine Yoga and Exercise?
Bow legs involves not only the bending of oneís legs in the outward direction, but also a subtle degradation of body posture. Thatís where the combination of yoga and muscular exercise comes handy. Yoga provides a bit of exercise and mainly concentrates on rectifying body posture, balance and body movement. Whereas, the physical exercising of muscles around the knee joint and other joints helps in adding support to the joint, which is critical in improving the jointís condition.

Exercising your legs using a weight
For this you need to sit down on a flat surface with your legs straight in the forward direction. Then, tie a reasonably light weight (perhaps 10 pounds) to your ankles. Slowly, using your thigh muscles, bring your feet and the weight as close to your buttocks as possible without too much discomfort. Take your feet back to the starting position. Repeat this around 10 times, and about twice daily.

The healing power of Yoga
Yoga is known to improve mind, body and spirit, and help maintain flexibility and correct body posture. First wrap the legs up with yoga straps to increase support and strength and help in straightening them, while performing yoga poses. While standing with your legs together, one can perform yoga asanas like the cow face and the forward bending pose which are ideal for improving posture and balance.

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