Can Yoga help Arthritis Joint Pain? Reasons & Exercises

yoga for joint pain and arthritis

Yoga is more than just meditation.

Yoga is a practice of relaxing your body through meditation. It’s a combination of physical and respiratory movements. This traditional exercise method goes back almost 5000 years into Indian history. But alongside mental peace, can it also provide your body ease from joint problems? Let’s find out.

Yoga has been approved by thousands of fitness experts around the globe to be helpful for people with joint problems like arthritis.

Multiple researchers have observed positive effects of yoga on bodies of people with different arthritis conditions. It improves the body as a whole, both physically and mentally. Yoga exercises help in reducing joint discomfort, enhancing the flexibility in joints which releases overall stress on our muscles as well.

In this post we will discuss yoga and it’s benefits for joint pain and arthritis patients.

Scientific Reasons to Yoga’s Benefits:

The initial research studies on yoga displayed results with improvement in overall body joints, physical movements and mental health. The best thing about yoga is that it improves the quality of life for people who practice it in more than 80% of the cases.

People that suffer from joint stiffness enjoy a switch to the yoga lifestyle more than others. This is because people are fed up of regular exercises and old school stretches. When a person actually enjoys a certain physical activity, the body benefits a lot more. 50% of people that start a regular exercise program quit after the first few months according to studies. Yoga is changing the meaning of exercise for people who want a less strenuous experience.

I would like to mention one of the largest yoga related studies ever conducted. This was at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center. The study made clear through evidence that arthritis patients that go through yoga regularly and find it enjoyable, improve their physical and emotional health.

This went out for both Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis patients as well. Each and every improvement that was observed in a person after 8 weeks of regular yoga was still imminent when they were observed 9 months after that.

Yoga Fights Inflammation:

Autoimmune diseases like RA cause their patients to suffer from constant inflammation in joints. This comes with certain other issues like joint stiffness, itching, redness and excessive pain. Yoga is a smooth and slow way to kill all those problems one by one.

Yoga has also been linked with reduced joint tension and friction, leading to elimination of inflammation in joints over time.

Yoga Poses:

Here are a couple of yoga poses that are beneficial for your joints.

The Cobra Pose:

  • Rest your body on your belly.
  • Put both your palms below the shoulders.
  • Now touch your jaw to the floor with both toes hitting the ground together.

The Mountain Pose:

  • Stand straight with your feet balanced and heels spread out a little. Keep both your feet toes in contact.
  • Stretch your hands to the front and convey the palms near each other.
  • Take both your hands to the front and bring the palms near each other.
  • Try to lift your lower legs by staying on your toes and keeping eyes towards the sky.
  • Breathe in slowly and maintain the posture for around 20 seconds.

 If you’re looking for a practical demonstration, here’s a great video featuring exercises and yoga poses for arthritis patients.

We hope this post helps you understand the positive effects of yoga on joint pain and arthritis. If you are looking for help or guidance, please feel free to leave comments below. We’d also love to hear from you about your experiences managing joint pain and arthritis with yoga.


Jeremy Clark has written 12 articles

Jeremy loves traveling around the world and has spent a couple of years in Africa, which he believes were transformative for him. He studied medicine for a few years before switching to law but still loves writing about medical issues and research.

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