The gentle exercise of yoga can improve quality of life and decrease pain in those with rheumatoid arthritis.
Is arthritis pain getting you down? If you are one of the millions of people who experience arthritis pain daily, then its time to find relief. Fortunately. There is a whole host of natural options for managing your pain. One such option is yoga.
Yoga is a gentle exercise that can do wonders for both mind and body. It can help with health conditions ranging from pregnancy anxiety to chronic fatigue syndrome. And if you want to learn about activities that have been shown to ease symptoms of arthritis, yoga is an excellent option.
Yoga Reduces Arthritis Pain
The Journal of Rheumatology published a study in July 2015 that looked at the effects of yoga in a group of 75 adults with rheumatoid arthritis or knee osteoarthritis. Half of the group did eight weeks of yoga (two 60 min classes and one home practice session per week) and half continued regular treatment, serving as controls.
After eight weeks, people in the yoga group showed a 20 percent improvement over the control group on a test that assessed health related quality of life. The test reflected things like physical function, pain, and energy levels, showing that yoga improved these factors. Walking speed was also higher in the yoga group.