Yoga For Arthritis Pain
One of the most common diseases in the world, arthritis affects 40% of Americans within the ages of 45 and 64 and 60% of people 65 and above. It is a disease that causes the joints to swell, causing pain with little movements. The cartilage tissue connecting the joints is weakened, and moving becomes an insurmountable task because of the pain. However, arthritis doesn't just affect older people. It can affect teenagers, young adults and even young children. The causes of arthritis range from obesity, poor bone and muscle health, aging and an unhealthy lifestyle.
Yoga has been found to be a great way to manage arthritis symptoms with its gentle exercises. Frequent yoga practice strengthens the joints, which is crucial for uplifting the spirits of someone who suffers from arthritis because the pain will be greatly lessened. It also restores flexibility to your joints, counteracting the stiffness that causes difficulty in moving around. It decreases the amount of uric acid in your system. Too much uric acid in the system, brought about by over consumption of alcohol and rich foods results in the pain in your joints. When the pain-causing uric acid has been released, you feel much better.
As a physical exercise, obesity may also be avoided with frequent yoga practice. Losing weight also takes the stress off your joints and allows you to move freely without much pain. Yoga also helps to strengthen your immune system, relax your mind and restore your resistance to diseases so you are able to live your life to the fullest.
Here are some very simple Asanas you can do to combat arthritis.
The wrists and hands are the most affected body parts. Keep your joints supple and flexible by continually flexing and bending your wrists and clenching your fists. Ankle joints can be exercised with simple rotations and flexing.
Pain from stiff necks and shoulders can be alleviated with simple stretches that serve to boost the flexibility in these parts and remove tension while working the muscles into shape. The Standing Side Stretch pose involves lengthening the muscles along one side of your body. Simply raise your right arm up over your head and extend it to the left, feeling the stretch radiate from the muscles on your right side. Repeat this step with the left arm extended over the right.
Relaxation is one of the key components of yoga. The Corpse pose is a supine position that allows you to relax your entire body. The Sukhasana or Easy pose usually follows the Corpse pose. It is a simple meditative pose to straighten the spine and relax the mind.
With these poses, you are ready to begin a simple yet effective campaign to manage your arthritis symptoms and help get you back in shape once more.
Denise is an avid fan of yoga. She is a devoted student of Katrina Ariel, a noted teacher of yoga in Kamloops.
Denise thinks you should take a look at Katrina's Kamloops yoga classes video on Squidoo.
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