Stiff joints? Try yoga
Is nagging knee pain keeping you from playing with your kids or grandkids on the floor? Has hopping up from a sofa become a more gradual process these days? Yoga can help with pain and arthritis management. According to the American College of Rheumatology, physical activity and movement are essential to the treatment of various forms of arthritis. And studies reported by the Arthritis Foundation suggest that individuals dealing with some types of arthritis who adopt a consistent yoga practice experience reduced joint pain, improved joint flexibility and function, lower stress levels that resulted in better sleep, and better overall mental and emotional well-being.
The instructors at Moksha Yoga and Pilates offer these useful tips for beginners and advanced practitioners of yoga:
- Find the class that’s right for you. Try a chair yoga class if you have issues being on the floor or restorative yoga for flexibility and light strengthening.
- Speak up! Communicate with your yoga instructor, who is trained to know alternative options and posture modifications for pain or arthritic conditions.
- ALWAYS listen to your body. Yoga should not be a painful experience. Skip or modify poses that cause discomfort.
- Check with your healthcare professional for any restrictions before beginning a yoga program.
If arthritis pain has you stuck in place, trying yoga, with these helpful tips in mind, might help transform your pain into gain and move you from couch pose to warrior pose.