Since arthritis can severely impact one or more joints and cause joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, frequent exercise throughout the day will help you go about your daily activities nearly pain-free. Arthritis can affect the hands, shoulders, hips, and knees, which can be frightening for many. While there are many medications, rehabilitation, and physiotherapy techniques available to assist in treating arthritis sufferers, one’s health can be improved by staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, and engaging in joint-soothing activities like yoga.
Himalayan Siddha Akshar, the founder of Akshar Yoga Institutions, stated in an interview with HT Lifestyle on World Arthritis Day 2022, “Joint inflammation characterises arthritis, which is frequently accompanied by joint discomfort. In addition to joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons, arthritis, one of the rheumatic illnesses, can also affect many internal body parts. More than 100 different types of arthritis are currently recognised, and the number is continuously growing. The various types of arthritis range from those linked to cartilage wear and tear (like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis) to those linked to inflammation brought on by an overactive immune system.
He revealed five yoga poses that you can incorporate into your daily workout routine to alleviate arthritis symptoms and improve joint pain:
Mountain Pose (Tadasana/Samasthithi)
Steps to follow: Stand tall and straight with your toes and heels in contact. Maintain a relaxed neck and tightened abdominal muscles. Stay in this position and take 5-8 breaths. Make sure you balance your weight properly on both feet. This asana can be very helpful in maintaining a tall, strong posture.
Seated forward bend in Paschimottanasana
Method: The initial step is to extend your legs forward. When doing this, make sure your knees are slightly bent. As you raise your arms, maintain a straight spine. On an exhalation, you can put your upper body on your lower body by bending forward at the hips. If holding your big toes isn’t possible, try holding any other accessible location with your fingers.
Bow Pose, or Dhanurasana
Lay on your stomach, parallel to each other, with your knees bent. Now, take a tight hold of your ankles with your palms. Raise your arms and legs as high as you can. Hold the position for a moment while looking up.
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