Yoga and arthritis:
A recent article in the Huffington Post describes a study that was done on people with arthritis. It is said to be the largest randomized study of the effects of yoga on arthritis. The participants of the study all had either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, and either received two sessions of yoga a week for eight weeks or no intervention.
The results were significant. The participants who did the yoga showed a 20% improvement in pain levels, energy level, mood, and physical functioning. They reported that their ability to perform physical tasks at home and at work had improved. They were also able to walk faster than those in the control group who had received no yoga instruction. Two variables that didn’t change during the course of the study were balance and upper body strength.
The findings of the study concluded that yoga is a safe and effective solution for people living with arthritis. Because yoga combines specific physical activity with stress management and relaxation techniques, and it focuses on respecting individual limitations, it is an ideal remedy for arthritis.
It is advised that anyone with arthritis address their own specific case with their doctor before beginning a yoga practice. It is also recommended that you find a skilled yoga instructor who will ask the right questions about individual limitations, and will work closely with you to tailor your yoga program to your needs.
At Dyer Health Care Center, we make our patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual health our highest priority. Learn more about our philosophy here: Healthy Values at Dyer Health Care Center.