Yoga & Arthritis

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.

5 Oct, 2015

4 thoughts on “Yoga & Arthritis

  1. It is probably something I should check out considering the aches and pains I have had over the past few years. I tend to forget that my body is 47 even though my mind is stuck at around 12.

    It should be easy to remember considering how much weight I’ve put on and where gravity has put it. My doctor even told me that losing the weight would help to alleviate a lot of the pain that I have been experiencing, so I should listen to her!

    The hardest part for me, is my extreme fear of people watching me exercise and the discomfort it causes. (One more strange issue on my list!) It is definitely something I need to get working on, since I’m not going to get any younger!

    1. Thanks Randy. Yes these things are always worth checking out just to be sure. What your doctor says makes sense. When it comes to my own health, I take nothing to chance.

      It is one part of our health I feel we need to have full control over. It’s not that other parts of our life aren’t important, but our health is one area of our life where it’s easy to get caught out.

  2. I have heard that Yoga is a superb all round exercise, even though I think it has a reputation as being just for the elderly who aren’t up to ‘proper’ exercise.

    I remember trying a few yoga poses I read about in a magazine last Christmas and they were almost impossible, so I’m not at all surprised to hear of its benefits.

    1. I wish I could do more exercise myself but as balance is one of my problems, yoga is out of the question for me unfortunately.

      I believe it’s a great exercise that helps us with our emotional as well as our physical health.

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