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Can Yoga Help Alleviate The Symptoms Of Arthritis?

Updated on December 26, 2015

Yoga for Arthritis

Arthritis is a truly debilitating health disorder. It can be mild or sever, and it sometimes shows up as a stifling pain in the fingers or joints. It can also cause so much pain and numbness, that you're unable to move properly, and do simple daily activities. While most people resort to taking drugs and other medications to help ease the symptoms, don't you know that a number of natural and alternative methods help in alleviating arthritic pain? Among the natural arthritis treatment techniques includes yoga. Yoga is a centuries-old practice, that aims to bring a healthy state of mind, and balance the body's natural rhythm, to allow the individual to live a healthy and fuller life.

Yoga Offers An Array Of Helpful Exercise Techniques

Among the objectives of yoga is to effectively teach the person techniques for achieving inner peace, wellness and happiness. The practice of yoga also aims to allow us to live productive, healthy and balanced lives as well. Yoga's exercise, meditation and breathing routines help to rejuvenate the senses, alleviate pain and sickness, as well as increase the body's resistance to infections and diseases. Yoga's exercise, breathing and meditation techniques can be customized to treat a number of illnesses,  including insomnia, depression, stress, anxiety, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches and chronic fatigue syndrome.


Why Yoga Is Helpful In Alleviating Arthritis

While a lot of people turn to conventional drugs and medications for help in relieving arthritis, don't you know that yoga offers a better, natural way for easing its painful symptoms? When someone is bothered by arthritis, the person's body tends to become stiff, to immobilize the affected area and avoid the spread of pain. Those suffering from arthritis usually tend to shy away from doing any exercise activity, to  keep the pain away. However, being constantly inactive may instead help prolong the symptoms of arthritis, and is truly a dumb solution. Yoga is known to offer proven physical therapy methods for easing arthritic pain, and it also helps heal emotional and physical pain as well.

Yoga Exercises for Arthritis Pain Relief : What is Arthritis?

Yoga Exercises for Arthritis Pain Relief : Back Arthritis Yoga Exercises

Which Yoga Exercise Techniques Help Relieve Arthritis?

Yoga offers a wide array of exercise techniques and poses, and these include meditation, breathing and stretching exercises. Through following the tenets of yoga. Your body's muscles and tissues are smoothened and relaxed, and are made flexible and less stiff as well. Like other popular relaxation methods, yoga focuses too on easing tension, through employing poses and stretching exercises that enhance blood flow, and also provide permanent or temporary relief from pain. Fervent yoga followers insist that the age-old practice helps to maintain overall well-being, and also contribute to longevity. Yoga helps to give you better mind and body, by stimulating your internal and external organs, and giving you an outlet to ease tension and stress.

How To Properly Do Yoga Exercises
To effectively do yoga exercises, your body needs to be constantly on the move, but in a gentle manner. Yoga features gentle motions and poses, which help allow the body to heal and rejuvenate. The exercise patterns of yoga help the individual to attain a balanced state of mind, and also enable them to have a more confident demeanor, and continue to actively function as a normal, healthy individual. You may even do yoga exercises while sitting on a chair. Each yoga pose helps in loosening the joints, relaxing the muscles, and removing stress from the nerves. Yoga's deep breathing exercises are known to be potent in easing arthritic pain, and also aids by bringing in fresh blood, oxygen and other nutrients into the muscles and tissues. By properly practicing these breathing and meditation exercises, you will slowly be able to lift your yoga routine into a notch higher. Deep breathing also helps relieve physical and emotional stress. As soon as you start to loosen up after performing the stretching poses and breathing exercises, and begin doing other difficult yoga poses, you'll slowly be able to improve your strength, flexibility and balance.

Iyengar Yoga And Its Benefits

Iyengar yoga is considered by many to be  among the best yoga exercises for relieving arthritis. Iyengar yoga generally focuses on form, and employs holding poses for strength conditioning. Iyengar yoga also makes use of blocks, straps and pillows, to help the individual  safely do the poses and exercises. Iyengar yoga's different poses allow the individual to feel better, and also have a comfortable and pain-free way for stretching and conditioning his or her muscles. Yoga can be used as an alternative treatment method, as well as a complementary treatment technique, to ease the painful symptoms of arthritis. Yoga's many exercise forms also help heal the lumbar region, and enhance its mobility and flexibility.

Yoga Exercises for Arthritis Pain Relief : Foot Arthritis Yoga Exercises

Yoga Exercises for Arthritis Pain Relief : Toe Rotation Yoga Exercises for Arthritis

Yoga Can Be Customized To Deal With Specific Arthritis Concerns

Yoga is a truly flexible exercise and wellness technique. It can be customized or tailored to treat a number of arthritis-related issues. For instance, if the patient suffers from constant swelling in the fingers or knuckle joints, some yoga exercise techniques may help to ease the pain, as well as bring more fluid into the area, and lengthen the spread of the fingers. Through regular practice, yoga can help patients have better mobility of their joints, and also see a considerable reduction in inflammation too. Since most arthritis sufferers experience a lack of moisture in their connective tissues, the exercises and poses of yoga can help to enhance the flow of fluids into the affected areas.  Each yoga pose is known to target a different type of pain, and will help to  restore normal movement in the affected area, as well as bring more fluid into it.  

The many signs and symptoms of arthritis can be relieved by natural and age-old treatment methods. While most of us turn to conventional drugs and medications for easing the debilitating pain and stiffness, yoga offers simple but effective exercises which help to reduce pain and swelling. The techniques include deep breathing exercises, meditation and gentle movements and poses. The American Yoga Association even asserts that a number of self-massage techniques can help reduce pain and swelling, and also strengthen the joints and rejuvenate the connective tissues.


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  • Dianemae profile image


    3 years ago

    My yoga class ended and she moved out of state, so I'm looking. I have never heard of Iyengar yoga, but will do some research. Good article thanks for the info.

  • DynamicS profile image

    Sandria Green-Stewart 

    3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Interesting hub! I have been doing yoga on and off for the last 15 years, however for the last several months whenever I do Yoga my knees especially my left knee gets swollen and painful. I have some arthritis in my knees and back and I was thinking of quitting yoga, but after reading your post, I'm going to continue my practice.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • nathanmayer profile image

    Nathan Mayer 

    5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    I have a friend who suffers from fibromyalgia, doing yoga, meditating and being at peace help in coping with chronic pain.

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    5 years ago

    Good source of information. My mom is suffering from knee pain and hope your hub helps us.

  • candle62 profile image


    8 years ago from London

    thankyou for sharing the information.

  • Ange Stroup profile image

    Ange Stroup 

    8 years ago from Texas

    I love this!! So often when folks hear the word yoga they cringe because they think of all the crazy poses that they've seen. In reality, yoga MUST start somewhere, and you have written very good stuff on where most people SHOULD begin. Thanks for sharing. Be Lifted!!

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    8 years ago

    Any form of gentle exercise should benefit people who have become stiff from arthritis. Many years ago, I read about a woman in her 80s who was living in New York City. She was so arthritic that the future was looking pretty grim as she envisioned herself relegated to a wheelchair. She asked her MD what she could do to prevent this inevitable fate and he told her to exercise. She had always wanted to take ballet since she was a young girl, so she enrolled in a ballet class. And even though she couldn't bend as far as the much younger dancers could, over time she recaptured some of her lost flexibility. Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais are all gentle exercises that can restore movement, enhance balance and improve muscle strength. You can find the most current information on a host of topics on under the tab, "updates."

  • billyaustindillon profile image


    8 years ago

    Great hub - and yes Yoga is great for your arthritis, the low impact stretching and getting your blood flowing is a great relief.


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