Over the years, modern science has come to understand the benefits of the ancient practice of yoga.
A recent study, which was carried out by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, found that yoga helps improve the symptoms of arthritis. The trial consisted of 75 patients, who suffered from either knee osteoarthritis or the most common form rheumatoid arthritis, attending a non-yoga group and a yoga group.
How yoga can help arthritis
Before the trial took place, the participants were screened. After 8 weeks, the yoga group reported a 20 percent improvement in pain and physical function, as well as improvement in walking ability than those compared with the non-yoga group. Improvements were also made in their mood and energy levels.
Yoga has mood-boosting power. Another 2010 study from Boston University found that people who practiced yoga, experienced less anxiety than those who used walking as exercise. Other studies have also shown the benefits of yoga for people suffering from epilepsy and dementia. Although there is no known cure for arthritis, staying active is the key to functioning better and reducing pain associated with the condition.
Physical activity is important. For anyone with arthritis interested in taking an exercise class, it’s important to find a class that is right for you to find a teacher who is willing to work at your pace, a teacher who asks the right questions about your limitations and who is prepared to work closely with you.
Practicing acceptance of where you are and what you can do on any given day is also important for anyone dealing with osteoarthritis.