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Yoga to Manage Arthritis Pain

Yoga to Manage Arthritis Pain

Yoga can help relieve both the pain and psychological distress suffered by patients with arthritis, according to a research. Patients with osteoarthritis and those with rheumatoid arthritis both frequently see benefits from the activity, it found.

The US research, published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, involved a review of nine previous studies carried out between 2010 and June 2013. The studies involved hundreds of patients who took up yoga and showed evidence of reductions in pain, less morning stiffness, improved physical function and reduced levels of depression. Participants performed yoga for various periods ranging from twice a day for one week to once a week for up to 16 weeks. Sun Saluation or  Suryanamskara is good for the overall flexibility of the body. This versatile yoga asana loosens up all your muscles and thus you must start your exercise regime with it. It is particularly good for your knees.

Trikonasana (Triangle pose): This asana is known for its ability to relieve pain and any disorder of the neck and shoulder. It also strengthens your legs, knees, ankles and chest.


Gomukhasana (Cow face pose): This asana is great for your fingers, elbows, shoulders , neck, spine and hip joint. When it is done properly it also helps in improving the circulation of blood in the knees and ankles.

Dhanurasana (Bow pose): The Bow Pose opens the shoulders and relieves them of ache. This yoga pose also adds flexibility to the back and relieves the body of stress and fatigue. Dhanurasana is also well known to be a yoga pose that can actually help you have a more powerful sexual experience. Find out how to do the dhanurasana.

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose): The Bridge pose helps strengthen muscles in the knee joint and is also helpful for those suffering from osteoporosis. It also calms the brain and reduces anxiety and stress in the body.

Vriksha asana (Tree pose): Great for your joints and muscles, it is known to be especially great to tone up the muscles of the ankles, toes, knees, hip joints, shoulder joints, elbows, hands and fingers. It also increases the circulation of blood around the affected joints reducing the amount of pain you feel.

Veerbhadrasana (Warrior pose): The Warrior pose is a knee strengthening yoga pose that also helps people suffering from frozen shoulders. It also releases stress from the shoulders and brings balance in the body.

Savasana (Corpse Pose): helps you, become more in touch with your body and improves your ability to control tension and to relax.

According to the University of Cincinnati’s Health Promotion and Education Program, ‘By stretching the muscles, yoga can provide physical relief of symptoms around the affected joints. ‘Yoga reduces stress which is known to exacerbate arthritis. Yoga can improve coping and by altering perspective toward life provide spiritual solace.’


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