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Scleroderma Foundation Releases Yoga for Scleroderma

Program Provides Relieve of Symptoms and Increased Mobility

Byfield, MA November, 2003( The Scleroderma Foundation announced today the release of Yoga for Scleroderma, a VHS therapeutic program of yoga poses designed to help scleroderma patients increase mobility and flexibility and alleviate the common symptoms of scleroderma.

Yoga for Scleroderma consists of a sequence of floor exercises, standing poses, inverted postures, and breathing and relaxation techniques designed by Kathleen Randolph, certified practitioner of Yoga for the Special Child with the help of physical therapist Marilyn McDonald. The exercises are modified for the physical limitations associated with scleroderma, and can be performed while seated or lying down.

The yoga program was created by the Scleroderma Foundation with grant money received in 2002 from the Texas Blue-Bonnet Chapter. We wanted to create something our members could use and benefit from on a daily basis, said Carolyn Weller, National Director of Education and Research for the Scleroderma Foundation. This video has the potential to provide patients a multitude of benefits, both physically and mentally. While there is no cure for scleroderma, allowing some relieve of symptoms and increased mobility, is a step forward for many of our members.

Since Ive started yoga, Ive noticed an increase in flexbility and mobility, said Angie Helton, patient support group leader for the Scleroderma Foundations Reno-Carson-Tahoe Support Group and video participant. I can sleep better and my joints dont ache.

Yoga practice has been proven to:

· Stimulate glands and functioning of the immune system

· Reduce the effects of stress

· Help normalize blood pressure

· Improve circulation

· Keep muscles flexible and joints movable

· Improve breathing capacity and increase the elasticity of lung tissue

· Rejuvenate abdominal organs and improve digestion

· Reduce gastritis and acidity

· Relieve fatigue and boost energy levels

To purchase a copy of Yoga for Scleroderma video, please contact the Scleroderma Foundation at (800) 722-HOPE, or visit the Scleroderma Foundation web site at

About the Scleroderma Foundation

The Scleroderma Foundation is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization serving the interests of persons with scleroderma. The Foundations 26 chapters and 120 support groups nationwide help to carry out its three-fold mission of support, education, and research. The Scleroderma Foundation is the leading nonprofit supporter of scleroderma researchallotting over $1 million each year to find the cause and cure of scleroderma. Website: Toll-free number: 800-722-HOPE.

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