Arthritis is a common medical condition that involves the inflammation of one or more joints. This causes pain and stiffness that can worsen with age. This condition cannot be cured, but treatment can help. Medications, such as steroids and narcotics, are available to help with the symptoms, but there are other natural ways to induce long-term relief.
Here are some facts provided by The Arthritis Organization:
- Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States.
- About 54 million adults have doctor diagnosed arthritis.
- Almost 300,000 babies and children have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.
- About 26% women and 18% men are diagnosed with arthritis.
Arthritis is more likely to occur as you age, but there are exercises that you can do to help with the condition or even prevent it. The Arthritis Center from Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic both recommended doing yoga as apart of the self-care regime to help reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life.
The followings are the 5 yoga poses that you can practice everyday for 10 – 20 minutes to help with arthritis symptoms. The source we provide does not replace a medical treatment, please consult your doctor about the condition if you experience symptoms of arthritis.
This pose works your stiff muscles safely, promotes lower-body flexibility, and corrects alignment. There are many ways to do this pose, but you should choose one that your body feels comfortable in. Do not push too hard and induce pain as it would be counterproductive to this exercise.
This is an open heart pose that rolls your shoulders down to promote flexibility. If you are stiff it is better to avoid doing this pose on the floor. Brace a metal folding chair against a wall and do the pose with your hands on the front edge of the seat. Cobra pose will help to strengthen the spine, relieve stress and fatigue, soothes sciatica, and much more.
Side Angle Pose
Side angle pose eases symptoms of arthritis by strengthening and stretching the legs, knees, and ankles. If you are stiff, we recommend starting this position in a chair for support. Repeat on both side for full therapeutic experience.
Extended Leg Balance
Maintaining solid grounding through the standing foot helps keep you steady, strengthens the legs and ankles, stretches the backs of the legs, and improve your balance. You can hold this pose longer by supporting the raised-leg foot on the top edge of a chair back.
Seated Spinal Twist
A gentle twisting asana is therapeutic for carpal tunnel syndrome, helps to relieve lower back pain and it is tonic for the spine and abdominal organs. It is important to gently get into your twist to avoid inducing pain.