Yoga Can Help Arthritis
A Recent study of 75 adults has shown that a daily practice of Yoga can help reduce arthritis. The study outlined below suggests that gentle yoga may significantly improve both mental and physical wellbeing.
After an eight week course there was significant improvement in their physical and mental health, walking capacity and mood.
It is suggested to practice at least 3 times a week; this will also help improve your pain and energy levels
Results to the Research
Participants were mostly female (96%), white (55%), and college-educated (51%), with a mean (SD) age of 52 years (12 yrs). Average disease duration was 9 years and 49% had RA. At 8 weeks, yoga was associated with significantly higher PCS (6.5, 95% CI 2.0–10.7), walking capacity (125 m, 95% CI 15–235), positive affect (5.2, 95% CI 1.4–8.9), and lower Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (−3.0, 95% CI −4.8 – −1.3).
Significant improvements (p < 0.05) were evident in SF-36 role physical, pain, general health, vitality, and mental health scales.
Balance, grip strength, and flexibility were similar between groups.
Twenty-two out of 28 in the waitlist group completed yoga.
Among all yoga participants, significant (p < 0.05) improvements were observed in mean PCS, flexibility, 6-min walk, and all psychological and most HRQOL domains at 8 weeks with most still evident 9 months later.
Of 7 adverse events, none were associated with yoga.
If you are suffering from inflamed or swollen joints that is causing your pain and stiffness, then give yoga a try, check out my free Yoga eCourse for Arthritis Pain Relief