Yoga has been used to treat symptoms of arthritis for centuries. The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center explains the mind-body practice is a smart, safe exercise for arthritis sufferers because it gently builds strength, balance, and flexibility. It has the added benefit of reducing inflammation in the joints and increasing overall mobility, says Huffington Post. Continue reading to learn the 8 best poses for arthritis patients.
1. Unmoving Observation
To reduce strain in your joints, relax, and relieve stress, The Health Site says to lean with your head against a wall, legs stretched out in front of you. Place your hands on your upper thighs, palms facing upwards. Relax, continuing to breath, for 5 minutes.
2. Easy Pose
To relax mind and body while strengthening your back and correcting your posture, sit with your legs crossed, palm on the knees. The Health Site says this pose also tones the muscles of the knees and hips and gives the entire nervous system a reboot.
3. Child's Pose
This relaxing pose stretches the back without putting pressure on the joints. Everyday Health says to spread your knees wide and bring your toes together. Reach your arms forward while sitting back on your feet and heels.
4. Supine Twist
This gentle twist massages your joints, helping them to open. As with any exercise, do this pose slowly and gently. If you experience any pain, Everyday Health says to come out of it.
5. Pelvic Tilt
This yoga pose stretches the back. Everyday Health says the best way to do this exercise is to begin lying on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor. As you exhale, lift your tailbone slightly. Inhale as you relax back to the floor.
6. Shoulder Stretch
To release tension in the shoulder joint, practice this gentle stretch. Health Monitor says to stand with your feet slightly apart. As you inhale, bring your left arm up to shoulder level. As you exhale, draw the left arm across the body to the right. Look over your right shoulder as you inhale and exhale several times. Repeat on the opposite side.
7. Lateral Neck Stretch
Stand with your feet hip-width apart. As you inhale, bring your right arm up over your head. Touch the left side of your head and gently draw your head to the right. You should feel a gentle stretch along the left side of your neck. Inhale and exhale, releasing tension. Health Monitor says to repeat on the opposite side using the left arm to stretch the right side of the neck.
8. Bound Angle
Health Monitor recommends this feel-good stretch to release tension in the inner groin. The key to this yoga pose is to keep your neck extended and jaw relaxed. As you inhale and exhale, feel the tension escape your body. Less tension means loser joints.
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