What’s a downward facing dog? No, it’s not a trick for your pup! It’s actually a yoga pose where you put your hands and feet on the floor, making an upside down V with your body. There may be other things you don’t know about this discipline, for instance that yoga for arthritis is surprisingly very good for you!
Yoga is a safe practice that keeps your joints flexible, maintains your muscle strength, and keeps your weight at a healthy level. In no way does it make your disease worse. People with arthritis need to exercise. Since they have a lower muscle strength and endurance, they tend to be more inactive. With arthritis, inactivity means more aching and discomfort.
Most people find that the slow, gentle, repetitive movements put less stress on their joints than other forms of exercise and inhibit pain from popping up later. It also might help improve your frustration and unhappiness that can come with arthritis. Yoga has a unique way of increasing feelings of positivity, boosting your mood, and spreading good vibes.
The practice is also very easy to ease into—beginners are always welcome! A good yoga instructor will always walk you through the poses during class. If anything gives you pain, you should always stop the pose and try a modified stretch.
If you need any more advice about yoga for arthritis or need additional treatment for worsening symptoms, please do not hesitate to call our office in Carmichael, CA, at (916) 961-3434. The McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Follow us today!
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