Arthritis has been something that has affected people throughout history since prehistoric times, but it is only recently that we have begun to understand it.
Many people have to live with painful aches and pains caused by severely damaged or inflamed joints.
For some people, it is discomfort, and that is bad enough, but for others, arthritis can leave them housebound and dependent on other.
Arthritis is a broad term to describe a group of over 100 diseases that effect the body. Wherever there is a problem involving inflammation around the joints and associated discomfort in movement we refer to it as arthritis despite the multiple different causes that can lead to this. The other common name that is used in the same broad fashion is rheumatism.
Roughly one in every seven Americans is thought to have arthritis in some form and relieving the pain of Arthritis is a primary concern.
Some people take medication, but others have found relief from the pain in exercises performed at a gentle pace and intensity.
Yoga is the perfect example of this type of exercise.
Yoga is a very versatile form of exercise and the different forms, also treat a very wide range of medical conditions and injuries including such diverse areas as fibromyalgia, arthritic, migraine headaches, chronic pain, and sports injuries.
The core attributes of a Vinyasa Yoga for Arthritis Program focus on breathing and meditation with movement especially tailored to each person.
Each pose or position assumed during a Vinyasa Yoga workout has a specific purpose and a specific physical benefit. Sometimes the poses will be done in rapid succession to create heat in the body, and sometimes they are performed more slowly to increase the level of stamina, perfection in the pose and core strength through holding the pose. The poses themselves remain the same but how they are entered and approached varies dependent on the person and teacher.
Yoga’s Holistic Treatment Of Arthritis
The Yoga poses can be tailored especially for specific joints or combinations of joints.
A common area for arthritis to strike is the hands and knuckles, and in this instance, there would be a series of poses that straighten and lengthen the fingers, although the level of comfort in the arthritis sufferer always dictates the extent of this. Stretching the hands also feed energy to that area of the body and over time will assist arthritis in the fingers. The heat generated by these movements is proven to be very beneficial for sufferers of arthritis.