Yoga and Arthritis: Improve the Symptoms
It's no secret that stress can increase the symptoms of chronic health problems like arthritis. Therefore, stress management is a key element to maintain mental and physical health.
Yoga is an excellent way to manage stress but it can also have many other benefits, including for arthritis sufferers.
Arthritis is caused by inflammation or swelling of the joints. It can leave you feeling stiff and in pain and make even the simplest movements difficult.
To begin with, yoga exercises can help to strengthen joints. Increasing your joint strength is very important to help you begin to deal with your arthritis as well as preventing further deterioration of the tissue that protects the joints.
In addition, the relaxation and stress relieving properties of yoga can reduce the stiffness, pain, and other symptoms associated with this condition.
Weight is also an issue that effects arthritis. Carrying too much weight puts unnecessary pressure on the body, including the joints which can increase the likely hood of developing arthritis and can increase the severity of its symptoms.
Yoga can help you lose weight and stay in shape. The best part is that it is a low-impact exercise so it won't put any additional pressure on already sensitive joints.
Yoga is composed of slow and controlled movements that will increase the mobility and flexibility of your body and increases blood circulation. All of which is great news for arthritis sufferers.
In addition to these benefits, practicing yoga regularly can improve your overall quality of life. You can begin to experience total body well-being that will have a significantly positive impact on your life.
If you suffer from arthritis, have your doctor's approval, and would like to begin practicing yoga, I recommend that you begin with the Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis which includes guided relaxation poses and meditation with Rodney Yee designed specifically for arthritis sufferers.
Please Note: While yoga is a great exercise and can bring improvements to your health and well being, it isn't right for everyone. Doing the exercises incorrectly can cause injury and you should never push yourself if it doesn't feel right. As always, be sure to get your Doctor's approval before beginning this or any exercise program.