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Therapeutic Yoga for Arthritis

Arthritis is a common disease that occurs in the joints. The joints where arthritis arises become stiff with acute pain or inflammation, making normal movement difficult for its patients. Therapeutic yoga for arthritis offers a safe way to deal with the symptoms of arthritis. It reduces complications of arthritis, especially in the elderly, and improves their lifestyle. How? Let’s find out.

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What is Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation of joints. The word arthritis is used for any disorder that affects the joints, tissues surrounding joints and connective tissues. Joints are the places where your bones connect such as your knees, hips, wrists, or fingers. Arthritis can affect one or more joints. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and all have different causes and different treatments. The main focus of the treatment of arthritis is to reduce the symptoms and enhance the quality of life.

The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In Osteoarthritis the cartilage( hard and slippery tissue) gets breaks down. Cartilage covers the ends of bones where they form a joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that targets the lining of joints (synovium).

Arthritis usually affects people above 60 years of age but it can affect people of all ages. It is more common in overweight people and women.

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There are many factors that can cause arthritis in a person, there can be different causes for different types of arthritis. Some common causes of arthritis are:

  1. Injuries
  2. hereditary/Inheritance
  3. Infections
  4. Reduction in cartilage tissue.
  5. Abnormal immune system
  6. Weak metabolism
  7. Diet and nutrition can cause gout arthritis.


Symptoms of arthritis develop gradually in a person but in some cases, sudden onset of symptoms can be observed. The most common symptoms of arthritis are:

  1. Pain in the joints
  2. Stiffness in the joints
  3. Decreases range of motion
  4. Tenderness
  5. Swelling of the affected joints and the surrounding area.
  6. Redness of the skin around the affected joint.
  7. Weakness
  8. Loss of appetite
  9. Decreased amount of red blood cells
  10. Weight loss
  11. Poor sleep
  12. Unable to use hands and legs more the movement.
  13. Muscle aches
  14. Muscle weakness
  15. Loss of flexibility
  16. Aching around the joints
  17. Fatigue

In some cases, the body becomes very stiff and doesn’t move an inch.  All the symptoms of arthritis disturb the normal life of a person to a large extent, in some cases, the social life of the patient completely disappears due to the pain and immobility. Early diagnosis and early treatment is the key to getting relief from arthritis.

Preventions for Arthritis:

  1. Maintain a normal weight, as per medical standards. Few extra kilograms can put pressure on joints like knees, hips or wrists which could result in pain or inflammation.
  2. Limiting sugar intake is a good step in controlling weight. A lot of sugar consumption can cement tissues which can result in stiffness in joints.
  3. Exercising for 30 minutes a day helps in keeping your body fit. It helps in keeping the body agile and strengthens the muscles.
  4. Avoid intake of tobacco items like cigarettes, hookah, etc. Smoking affects the tissues which surround the joints and puts pressure on them resulting in arthritis.
  5. Stretch a little when you move around, which can help in keeping joints in check and helps avoiding arthritis
  6. Consult a specialist doctor about do’s and dont’s when you go for a check up. Medical guidance can help prevent arthritis
  7. Be careful about your movement and use protective gear and helmets while cycling or playing any sports which can cause injuries. Any injury in old age may speed up arthritis.
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Regular yoga practice can reduce pain in various joints, improve the flexibility of the body and build up good sleep without stress. When joints feel healthy, there is a very less risk of getting arthritis.


Yes, if you stick to it with passion and dedication. Yoga can reduce muscle tension, anxiety and stress on joints in the body. It also helps in cutting down extra weight.


Yoga asanas like Sirsasana, Sarvangasana, adho mukh svanasana, etc are helpful in preventing arthritis. Refer to our courses for more.


Always consult your doctor before starting any physical exercises. The doctor will tell you if it’s suitable for your health or not. While learning yoga, it is better to take guidance from a professional yoga trainer for dos and don’ts as per your body and disease type. Register on our website for consultation and learning from yoga professionals.


Yoga improves physical functioning, flexibility and mental strength. It uplifts the strength of muscles at joints and manages weight which helps in treating arthritis.

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