Can Yoga help with pain in the Joints?
Can Yoga Help with Pain in the Joints?
According to Wikipedia A joint is the connection made between bones in the body which link the skeletal system into a functional whole. They are constructed to allow for different degrees and types of movement.
There are 360 joints in the human body. The main joints of the body — such as those found at the hip, shoulders, elbows, knees, wrists, and ankles — are freely movable. They are filled with synovial fluid, which acts as a lubricant to help the joints move easily.
Joint pain refers to discomfort, aches, and soreness in any of the body’s joints. Joint pain is a common complaint. It doesn’t typically require a hospital visit.
Sometimes, joint pain is the result of an illness or injury. Arthritis is also a common cause of joint pain. However, it can also be due to other conditions or factors. Join pain can also be just wear and tear of the joint over time.
According to the Arthritis foundation yoga is proven to help people with arthritis improve many physical and psychological symptoms. Recent scientific studies of people with various types of arthritis show that regular yoga practice can help reduce joint pain, improve joint flexibility and function and lower stress and tension to promote better sleep.
What you can do to help your joints.
1. Be aware in your practice.
One of the things as a teacher we need to stress to our clients to help prevent and avoid joint damage is to teach students to pay attention to any pain in or directly around a joint, and to modify or change the alignment of the pose to eliminate that pain. Overworking a joint to the point of inflammation can occur while doing yoga, perhaps by repetitively practicing a pose in incorrect alignment and thereby putting strain on ligaments or tendons. This is why it is so important to be taught correctly how to do a yoga pose. You will hear me often in my yoga classes stop the whole class and go though a pose so my students understand the alignment in the pose and where the pressure on the feet etc should be falling.
2. Build a strong body
Regular practice of yoga builds not just a flexible body but a strong body as well.
Even though yoga is not aerobic, (although go some of my classes and you will be questioning that), some research finds it can be just as good as aerobic exercise for improving health.
For Strength: Yes. It takes a lot of strength to hold your body in a balanced pose. Regular practice will strengthen the muscles of your arms, back, legs, and core. Yoga poses also teach you to use your whole body at the same time, so you might be using your leg muscles your core and shoulders all at the same time.
3. Change your Diet
Taking preventive action is the best way to maintain healthy joint function throughout life. As yoga teachers we have always recommended the discipline's gentle, non-straining movements to enhance both flexibility and stability in the joints
However studies also point to diet as a factor in helping reduce arthritis pain and perhaps even playing a role in prevention. Food can help prevent and control joint pain and arthritis by controlling inflammation, taming free radicals and fighting infection.
Keeping the body in a more alkalized state is a good idea. Adding in omega-3 fatty acids, can help decrease joint inflammation. Eating more green leafy vegetables and of course drinking more water always help to bring more balance into our bodies.
Creating a regular practice can be a challenge but your body and mind will thank you for it. It only take 10 minutes a day to change your body and calm your mind.