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Yoga and Arthritis


It is totally wrong to think that arthritis is a sickness of the aged. But while age does increase the risk and vulnerability of people to arthritis, even children, teenagers, and young adults can have it. Cases of arthritis among children are generally termed as Juvenile Arthritis. The early studies have shown promising results with some improvement in joint health, physical functioning, and mental/emotional well-being. Perhaps most importantly, yoga has an important positive effect on quality of life. People with arthritis may also enjoy yoga more than traditional forms of exercise, and exercise enjoyment is an important predictor of adherence

yoga can be a meaningful and enjoyable alternative to traditional forms of exercise such as aerobics or aquatic exercise with important health benefits. Yoga can play an important role in reducing stress and frustration that results from pain and disability, and increasing positive feelings and wellbeing. Arthritis is actually a term used to refer to a group of more than 100 diseases with a common factor: inflammation of the joints. The common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (which is the most common), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, and Fibromyalgia.

Arthritis occurs or results from the deterioration of soft tissues that cover and protect the joints. When this happens, the bones rub against each other, which is painful. While doctors are still on the process of determining what exactly causes arthritis, many believe that the deterioration may be caused by the pressure of gravity on the joints - the wear and tear of life, so to speak. Also, obesity and heredity contribute to deterioration.

How Yoga Helps

  • It strengthens your joints which is crucial in preventing and dealing with arthritis.
  • It makes your joints function normally, thus reducing the risk of stiffness.
  • With its virtue of balance, Yoga practice helps regulate the levels of uric acid in the body.
  • Obesity may also be avoided through the practice.
  • More importantly, Yoga can lead to an overall healthier lifestyle that can enhance your resistance not only from arthritis but to other sicknesses as well.
  • Yoga can be a safe and effective form of physical activity, but it is important to take proper precautions in any new activity.

Important Asanas for Arthritis

One who has Arthritis must seek doctor's advice before start practicing Yoga. More importantly, yoga practice must be started under the guidance of a good yoga teacher.

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