Yoga and osteoarthritis

Yoga is known for its numerous physical and mental health benefits.

 

For those suffering from osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, it is crucial to practice it with caution and proper knowledge.

 

Here we explore some important precautions for those who practice yoga and suffer from osteoarthritis.

 

We also include examples of asanas that can be favorable or unfavorable:

Among the general precautions we can highlight:

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  • Avoid sudden movements and jumps.
  • Avoid maintaining postures for a long time, as it fatigues the muscle and joint.

  • Avoid positions that increase pressure on the joint affected by osteoarthritis.

  • Practice regularly, so the benefits are enjoyed to the maximum and take care of your diet and excess weight.

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Consult a doctor:

 

Before beginning any yoga program, it is important to obtain approval from a health professional.

 

Listen to your body:

 

Pay attention to your body’s signals during yoga practice.

 

If you experience pain, discomfort, or tenderness in the affected joints, modify or avoid positions that may exacerbate these symptoms.

 

Talk about it with your yoga teacher.

When practicing yoga with osteoarthritis, it is important to take a careful and conscious approach.

 

MODIFICATIONS: 

 

Don’t hesitate to use props such as blocks, blankets or straps to adapt the postures according to your needs and physical limitations.

 

FAVORABLE ASANAS:

 

Tadasana: 

This standing posture strengthens the muscles of the legs and spine.

Promotes better posture and body alignment without putting excessive pressure on joints.

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Balasana: 

This resting posture is excellent for relieving stress and relaxing the spine and hips.

 

All this without putting too much pressure on the joints affected by osteoarthritis.

 

If you feel discomfort in your knee, you can place a belt or folded cloth behind your hamstring. This will create more space in the knee.

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Unfavorable yoga postures with osteoarthritis:

Ustrasana:

This backbend posture can be challenging for people with osteoarthritis in the spine or knees.

 

This is because it can increase pressure in these areas.

 

Padmasana:

This leg-crossing pose can be difficult for those who have osteoarthritis in the hips or knees.

 

Requires excessive flexion and rotation of the joints.

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With proper guidance and modified practice, yoga can provide pain relief.

 

At the same time it can improve flexibility and strengthen the body safely and effectively.

 

Always listen to your body and adapt your practice as necessary to maintain long-term health and well-being.

 

Consult a health or yoga professional before starting any new routine, especially with medical conditions such as osteoarthritis.

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