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The Ancient Cure for Your Arthritis Pain

A 5,000-year-old practice may be just the cure for your arthritis pain. A growing number of seniors are finding that some simple, gentle, senior-friendly yoga exercises can greatly reduce the pain and discomfort from osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. Dating back to 3,000 B.C., yoga — which literally means to unite, combines movement and breathing and often includes meditation. Experts at the Arthritis Foundation and Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center are increasingly recommending yoga as part of a therapeutic regimen, and point to the growing number of studies that show that certain yoga poses are effective in reducing stiffness, pain, swelling and a limited range of joint motion.

But seniors trying yoga for the first time must be warned: Not all yoga is created equal.

A yoga studio can offer guidance and advice on therapeutic poses for arthritis. Health writer Jill Jaracz wrote an excellent piece with 10 yoga poses specifically for seniors.

Amy Duvall
Amy Duvall is the Marketing Manager at Beltone. She enjoys spending lots of time with her daughter and husband while she's not "helping the world hear better." She also enjoys watching classy reality TV shows like The Real Housewives of Whatever City and old Dateline reruns.

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