Yoga and Arthritis
Yoga, a practice of exercises, breathing techniques and meditation that started in ancient India, has been touted as a way to boost physical and mental health for 5,000 years. But does yoga really work to improve physical arthritis symptoms like pain and stiffness, or psychological issues like stress and anxiety? YES.
In fact, yoga is proven to help people with arthritis improve many physical and psychological symptoms. Recent scientific studies of people with various types of arthritis show that regular yoga practice can help reduce joint pain, improve joint flexibility and function and lower stress and tension to promote better sleep. Yoga comes in many different forms, but generally involves positioning the body in various poses along with coordinated breathing and meditation exercises.
Most Americans do not get enough physical activity, a factor that contributes to higher rates of obesity and health problems like arthritis. This month at Exchange Place Therapy Group we are incorporating simple yoga stretches into treatment programs to increase range of motion, balance/proprioception, strength and decrease pain.