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April 27, 2015
Yoga and Arthritis
Almost 70 million people--nearly one in six Americans--are affected by arthritis and other chronic joint problems, according to a recent government survey. Arthritis a disease of joints, is mainly caused by deficiency of calcium, hydrochloric acid or malnutrition, by obesity, physical stress or glandular insufficiency.
The most disheartening aspect of the disease is that it ds not get easily cured through medicine when it is in chronic stages. But it has been found that with regular practice of yoga and a proper diet moderate arthritis can be cured within two months and in chronic cases it takes around 4-5 months.
Yoga aims at relaxing you and at the same time keeping you moderately active so that your joints do not become stiff.
Recommended Asanas for Arthritis are:
Surya Namaskar - activates all glands.
Santulanasan - removes rigidity of joints and normalises blood circulation.
Trikonasan (Triangular) - Cures pain or any disorder of neck and shoulder joints; activates all major joints (spine, the hip, the hands and the palms)above the waist area and tones the muscles; also provides quality of mental attentiveness.
Gomukhasan (Cow's face and jaw pose) - exercises finger joints, ts, ankles, knees and hip joints; activates muscles of joints therefore removing waste products from joints; restores joint fluid thereby removing spasticity and pain.
Vrikshasan (Tree pose) -tones up muscles of ankles, ts, knees, hip joints, shoulder, elbows etc.; brings flexibility in the legs and hands.
Natrajasan (Dance pose) - activates almost all joints; removes spinal rigidity, pain, backache, and stiffness. Strengthens all major bones and generates vitality.
Halasan (Plough pose) - makes spine and legs flexible
April 27, 2015
Yoga For Shoulder Pain Caused By Arthritis
By Glen Wood
It is not only the overuse of muscles which causes shoulder pain, arthritis is another culprit. The cartilage which protects the joints of the shoulder bones wears down, which could be because of aging and repetitive use. The cartilage could be repaired and the shoulder pain could go away. But it could more than a year before a new cartilage could develop.
Shoulder pain could cause a lot of disruption, it can cause problems with sleeping at night and could interfere with daily activities. To deal with the pain, a cold or hot pack could be placed on the shoulder for 15 minutes. It could also be used for back and other body pains. Hot moist pack is recommended during the start of the pain, before going to bed and even in the middle of night when the ache strikes.
There are even drugs injected (cortisone injections) to reduce inflammation. Some would take pain relievers and relaxing and gentle exercises. Pool exercise monitored by a physical therapist is a kind of gentle exercise.
Yoga, on the other hand, is one of the complementary and alternative medicine and therapy that most doctors recommend. Orthopedic surgeons would also recommend yoga exercises and positions to heal the body. For more that 5,000 years, yoga has been known to restore physical, mental and emotional health.
Yoga therapy is fitted to cater each person's needs. Yoga therapy addresses not the symptoms but the causes of the imbalances. There are series of exercises and postures which are very appropriate for those who have shoulder, neck and back pains.
These yoga postures could provide strength to the joints and reduce risk of stiffness. Since yoga addresses the causes of the pain, it could also lead to a healthier lifestyle. This could help your body build resistance against arthritis and other sickness. However, shoulder pain could also be sign of a more serious problem. It is important to assess the kind of pain and its history.
Simple asanas and yoga postures could go a long way. It is just a matter of being prepared and decided to do it to help you and your body.
Glen Wood - The Yoga Teacher. Glen is a yoga expert whom loves to teach you how to lose your neck, shoulder and back pain with yoga.
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April 27, 2015
What does arthritis and yoga have in common? They are both as old as Egyptian mummies. Rich and poor alike suffer with arthritis and spend lots to find a cure. Pain in the joints, stiffness and restricted movement may be alleviated with yoga.
At Home Remedies
While learning to live with the pain, many have found ease in heat and rest. Nutrition and diet can make a difference. Could some foods be causing an allergic reaction? What may increase the pain and inflammation? Would cherries or dark red berries stimulate the production of collagen to repair cartilage?
Choices with Yoga
To loosen the joints, a specific group of yoga exercises has been designed in the Sivananda tradition called Pawanmuktasana Anti-Rheumatic Group. It is very useful for removing energy blockages in the joints and outer extremities of the body. All the practices are performed sitting cross-legged on the floor or with the legs straight. Keep the body straight and relaxed. If you cannot sit on the floor, sit on a chair. As a general rule avoid practicing yoga exercises when there is a flare up. Here are 3 movements from the series.
Knee Bending - Bend the right knee and clasp the hands under the right thigh or on the right shin. Extend the right leg, pulling up the kneecap tightening the quadriceps. Straighten the arms. Keep the spine lengthened and head straight. Repeat 10 times inhaling while straightening and exhale to bend. Then rest.
Hand Clenching - Hold arms straight in front of the body at shoulder level. Open the hand, palms down, and stretch the fingers apart as wide as possible. Slowly close the fingers to make a tight fist with the thumbs inside. Inhale as you open hands and stretch the fingers, then exhale wrap the fingers around the thumbs - repeat 10 times and feel the sensation. Keep shoulders relaxed down.
Shoulder Rotation - Place the fingers of the right hand on the right shoulder. Keep the left hand on the left knee. Make large circles with the right elbow, 10 clockwise and 10 counter-clockwise. Repeat with the left elbow. Remember to keep the head and spine straight and still. Breath in when the elbow goes up and out when it comes down.
Other yoga exercises that help joints are guided imagery, meditation and relaxation. Relax each part of the body, Try repeating your personal mantra with each inhalation and exhalation. Yoga exercises are more than a distraction from the pain of arthritis. They help relieve the symptoms.
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