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.