Arthritis (‘arth’ meaning joint, ‘itis’ meaning inflammation) is the name for a group of more than 100 different autoimmune diseases that affect the joints and the tissues which surround them. Typically, arthritis is characterized by pain and stiffness in and around the joints. Contrary to popular belief, arthritis affects people of all ages, not only the elderly, it can happen to anybody due to wear and tear of the joints with some forms of the disease being formed well before the age of 18.
Regular exercise is crucial for preserving joint health, easing joint stiffness, and increasing flexibility among people with arthritis. The inner lining of a joint is called the synovial membrane. The joint membrane is responsible for making a fluid called the synovial fluid, whose job it is to lubricate and supply the joint with nutrients. The very act of moving a joint helps to circulate this fluid throughout the inside of the joint. If you stop moving, you stop helping to maintain the natural maintenance system of your joints. What’s more, exercise is important for protecting against the decreases in muscle strength commonly experienced by arthritis patients.
Yoga has been proven to help manage the symptoms of various types of arthritis and relieve the debilitating pain caused by arthritis. The right type of Yoga such as restorative, therapy based or a slow paced beginner’s class is an ideal choice as it is low impact and safely moves the joints in their natural range of motion. Yoga is also non-competitive and emphasizes working with your body as it presents itself on any given day without judgment. Yoga can also provide coping techniques, such as breathing exercises and stress reduction, which may help those with chronic illnesses manage pain and depression.
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