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Yoga Can Help Joint Pain


Gone are the days when arthritis was perceived as a one-off ailment, today you turn around and ask a show of hands in any gathering, you will know it has grown as a lifestyle disease. And, with this has grown our acceptance to the disease. We have gone ahead and quit fighting our joint pain; instead we are now trying to live our life around all the suffering.

A sedentary lifestyle, obesity that adds burden on our joints, bad posture is few of the most common reasons to our joint pains. An, the most vulnerable to this are those who need to be on their feet constantly. The wear and tear and inflammation leads to the excruciatingly ache in out joints. But it is crucial to believe in cure, beyond popping in pain killer pills.

So, what is the way out?

Yoga for joint pains is highly recommended as it helps revive the poor flow of energy all through your body. It is the first line of defence in yoga to open the blocked parts that cause the joint pain.

Whether it is stiffness lead by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, degeneration of cartilage at a joint basic yoga exercises pack the punch needed to improve blood circulation.

Simple yoga exercises?

Although misconception has it that yoga is not easy and definitely not so for people with joint pain, the truth is far different. Yoga poses like Asanas and Pranayama are slow, controlled movements that are coupled with deep breathing and hence, they not only boost blood supply but also heal prolonged joint pain. While most other forms of exercise are rigorous for people with joint pain, yoga helps in bringing stability to stay pain free.

What about the pain?

After constant nagging about the recurrent pain, any form of physical movement apart the most necessary ones seem impossible. All the joint pain brings in continued feeling of hopelessness and any kind of trust of any discipline of exercise is difficult, but it is tried and tested over years that all that pain is gone with the yoga mat!

How does it work?

Although you need that extra care and attention, yoga for joint pains works as water for fire, especially for your sacroiliac joint. Yoga has proved its efficiency on joint pain relief for over hundreds of years. Yoga poses are not just gentle and smooth but it is this characteristic that does not aggravate any existing pain.

Yoga like exercise is an additional measure to heal your joints, hence, needs professional advice. Here are few asanas usually recommended to heal joint pains, which should be performed with expert help for complete relief:

  • Crocodile Pose (Makarasana)
  • Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
  • Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
  • Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
  • Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)
  • Hip-to Hand Pose (Januhastasana)
  • Supporting Head on Elbows Pose (Hastashirasana)
  • Wind Relieving Pose (Pavanmuktasana)
  • Pranayama for deep breathing techniques also increases blood and relax tension in joints.

As a work at home mom (WHAM) Sandra Wade had put on excess weight due to which she was suffering from knee pain. She took up yoga to get rid of knee pain and soon realized it acts as a stress buster too. Besides, she also makes available diet pills like proactol for weight loss and healthy living.

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