Yoga for Arthritis

6 Nov

The word arthritis comes from the Greek arthron meaning “joint” and the Latin itis meaning “inflammation”. Arthritis is often referred to as a single disease. In fact, it is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, specifically joints where two or more bones meet. So there is a common misconception that exercise and arthritis don’t go hand in hand. But that’s certainly not the case.

Recent research results show that exercise can be very effective tool in managing your arthritis. One should commit oneself to regular exercise that includes three types of activity: flexibility (stretching, range-of-motion) exercises, strengthening (resistance) exercises, and cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise. So what the best exercise method that includes all the three types of activity? Yes, you got it right. Yoga! Yoga is the one and only method that includes all the necessary activities. yoga can be a meaningful and enjoyable alternative to traditional forms of exercise such as aerobics or aquatic exercise with important health benefits.

Yoga Poses can help strengthen your joints which is crucial in preventing and dealing with arthritis. It makes your joints function normally, thus reducing the risk of stiffness. But before start practicing Yoga one should meet with his or her doctor to make sure that yoga is compatible with his or her condition, since arthritis can affect any joint with variable intensity. Now let’s explore some yoga poses which are very effective in fighting arthritis.

Warrior Pose:

Warrior pose strengthens legs and core, stretches groin, chest and shoulders. Stand with your feet wide apart. Now slowly turn your left foot in and your right foot out 90 degrees. Lift your arms to shoulder height. Bend your right knee. Keep your torso tall, turn your head, and look out over your right finger tips. Repeat on opposite side.

Tree Pose:

Stand upright. Now slowly bend the right leg, place the right foot on the inner side of the left leg. Now start stretching your arms up, with palms joined in an overhead namaste position. Repeat the opposite leg.

Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend:

Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend helps stretch just about every muscle below the waist. It stretches the insides and backs of the legs and strengthens the spine.

Extended Side Angle:

It tones the muscles of the legs and angles. This pose strengthens the knees. Helps to tone the waist and hips. And it helps to relieve sciatic and arthritic pain.

Cobra:

Cobra Pose strengthens the lumber spine, relieving pain and combating slipped or herniated discs, scoliosis and arthritis in that region.

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