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Johns Hopkins Health - Yoga For Arthritis

Fall 2015
Issue No. 30

Yoga For Arthritis

Date: October 9, 2015


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Concerned about aggravating their vulnerable joints, most people with arthritis don’t get enough physical activity. New research from Johns Hopkins shows that when those with arthritis take up yoga, they move easier and experience less pain, say Clifton Bingham, M.D., Johns Hopkins arthritis expert, and Susan Bartlett, Ph.D., the study’s lead investigator. The two credit yoga’s emphasis on mindfulness and body awareness. Here’s what you need to know to get started:

GET YOUR DOCTOR’S OK

Discuss what to do—and not do—with your affected joints. Find beginner classes meant for people with limitations, such as “gentle” or chair yoga.

SPEAK UP

Most yoga positions can be easily modified to accommodate arthritis. Before class, let the instructor know what movements your doctor says to avoid or modify.

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

As with any exercise, expect a learning curve. Mild discomfort can be expected in the beginning, but stop and alert the instructor if something hurts. A gentle approach is the way to go.

LEARN MORE ONLINE

New research offers a positive surprise for family caregivers: They may live longer. Find what’s behind this longevity boost and more at our Healthy Aging site. Just click on the “Family Caregivers Resources” tab. Hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging.

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