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Arthritis and Bathtub Yoga

arthritis and bathtub yoga

Warm baths help to loosen and relax tight muscles and joints that are chronically achy and Bathtub Yoga can be a helpful supplement to those experiencing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis or Osteoarthritis.

The Arthritis Association encourages water exercise to arthritis sufferers.

Water exercise is especially good for people with osteoarthritis, which affects the body’s weight-bearing joints. As with any exercise program, check with your doctor before beginning Bathtub Yoga.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative condition of cartilage in synovial joints. It results in degeneration of bone structure and inflammation of the joints. A program of yoga therapy may be helpful to reduce pain, increase confidence, and increase range of motion.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RO) is an inflammatory condition of the synovial membranes. It results in damage to the bone. In addition to drug therapies to reduce inflammation, regular exercise is thought to slow the process of the disease.

Being sedentary can begin a downward spiral where pain increases, leading to more inactivity, which leads to greater pain and disability. Bathtub Yoga may help to:

  • Increase muscle strength
  • Promote joint health/ ease stiff joints
  • Reduce pain
  • Increase range of motion
  • Reduce stress and frustration
  • Increase positive feelings & well-being

A warm bath, or hydrotherapy, helps to loosen and relax tight muscles and joints that are chronically achy. The moist heat stimulates blood flow & circulation. Dr. Steffan Schultz, a rheumatologist at University of Pennsylvania, recommends “hot water therapy to reduce pain, especially at the beginning of the day”.

Also useful to arthritis suffers in the Bathtub Yoga Program may be the Exfoliating Lymphatic Massage & the Warm Oil Finishing Massage. Also see Essential Oils for the Bath and Skin & Acupressure Ball Basics.

For more information see Yoga for Arthritis on the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center.


2 comments to Arthritis and Bathtub Yoga

  • Arthritis is a condition where the jtnois between the bones are inflamed, and as the condition progresses, the joint damage can lead to damage at the ends of the bones. In extreme cases as the jtnois get worse, it could lead to stress fractures and the like.At your age, the pain you are likely feeling is due to the joint disease. You should definitely listen to your body and stop when you feel pain.Are you aware of the role the foods you eat have in inflammation and the progression of arthritis? There may be simple changes you can make to your diet, your type of exercise, and the stretches you do that would make a big difference in how you feel.Also, other than rheumatoid arthritis (which is an autoimmune disorder), most arthritis is due to stress on the jtnois because of improper posture, or injuries like falling or car accidents. A chiropractor can help you evaluate and prevent future problems.Good luck!

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