Osteoarthritis and Yoga


Your knees are the largest joints in your body and while you may not give them much thought day to day you couldn’t jump squad or even bend your legs without them.

That’s why protecting your knees are so important, and the best way to do it is by strengthening the muscles that surround them.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis have been the most common cause of disability for at least the past 15 years.

About 42 percent of adults who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis say their joint pain limits their daily activities. And 31 percent of adults with osteoarthritis have problems working because of their condition.

Did you know that exercise is recommended by the government for many arthritic types of pain exercise helps lubricate the joints increases the range of movement and increases functional capacity which is vital as one is aging.

Yoga is a combination of exercise and mental relaxation. It is really a form of moving meditation and conscious breathing. Yoga is a low impact form of stretching, exercise, and breathing that yields phenomenal health benefits for your mind, body, and spirit.

It may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re hurting but exercise can keep your joints moving smoothly and your osteoarthritis pain at bay maintain your flexibility and range of motion. Gentle forms of yoga won’t just keep you limber they relax your body and your mind.

According to results of a 2016 survey, 36 million Americans are believed to practice yoga. Researches have shown that moderate degrees of yoga performed at least five days a week can immensely increase flexibility mobility and strength in and around your knees.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), roughly 40 million Americans are expected to have osteoarthritis by 2020, making it one of the most common health problems in the country. If you want to learn more about how yoga helps for osteoarthritis this visual guide serves you well.


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