Yoga For Arthritis Joint Pain Introduction to Asanas Kriyas Mudras
Arthritis is primarily of three types. Inflammatoryarthritis such as Rheumatoid arthritis affects usually the smaller joints. It can cause pain,inflammation and swelling, ultimately leading to deformity. On the other hand, degenerativearthritis such as osteoarthritis, usually affects the knees, the weight bearing areasof the body. This is a painful condition that may make the person bedridden out of painand fear. The third type of arthritis is called gouty arthritis, primarily affects the toes.It affects the joints of the big toe, and is due to the deposit of urate, that is Uricacid crystal. Yoga can help the arthritic
patient in many ways. It improves the toleranceof pain. Some people feel that even a thorn prick is like a knife stabbing them, whereasothers can tolerate severe pain as if it is just a thorn pick. This lies in the mind.Yoga helps tolerate pain better. If you can tolerate pain better, your life's qualityis definitely improved. Yoga improves the movements at all the joints, the flexibility,the mobility, the turn ability, ability to turn. This again improves the condition ofthe arthritic patient. Arthritis such as Rheumatoid arthritis isimmune based. It is autoimmune, where your body's immune system is fighting against you.Yoga helps bring about normalcy of the immune
system, thus improving that aspect of arthritis.For the arthritic patient, simple units of movement called jathis where we start to rotateor shake the wrist joint, the elbow joint, or the joint of the shoulder can be done.When you are doing this practice, it is important to feel that you are letting go of all thetensions that you have and are accumulated in your joints. One of the major problems,is our tendency to catch hold of everything. We don't like to let go. These type of practiceswhere we shake, then we catch and let go. This type of practice where we let go is soeffective. It is a gesture, it is a mudra in itself, where we let go. Where we let goof the tensions, where we let go of the problems.
There is a practice called the Nasaraga MukhaBastrika where we do this loosening, catching hold of the tension and letting go of thetension, will help the arthritic patient a lot. In this presentation, we are taking a lookat the different practices to help improve the mobility, the flexibility of the differentjoints of the body. The spine, the neck, the shoulders, and the elbows, the wrists, theankles, the knees and hips, all of these are exercised, by these practices. Practices such as the sheetali or coolingbreath, and sadanta pranayama help restore
normalcy of the three doshas, especially thevata, which the air element associated with joint disorders. Various relaxation practicessuch as the kaya kriya, are also given in this presentation. These practices are excellentmusculoskeletal relaxers bringing about psychosomatic union, restoring the link between the mindand the body. You may not be able to do all of these practiceseveryday. But I recommend, that you consult a qualified yoga therapist who can make upa schedule from these practices based on your age, your gender, and your physical condition.The regular practice of such a schedule of asanas, kriyas, mudras and relaxation techniqueswill surely improve your condition tremendously.
I wish you all the best in this wonderfuljourney from the state of ill health to that of optimum health. Namaskar.
Are Joint Pains Normal During Pregnancy
Are joint pains normal during pregnancyé Back pain is normal because of the load you'recarrying. The baby is only a couple of pounds. Yes, but there are several extra gallons ofblood and amniotic fluid, which adds to the load. It isn't just my back that hurts. My knees,my ankles, almost everything hurts. Your ankles probably hurt because the fluidwants to naturally collect at the lowest point. Women's feet often swell another size duringpregnancy.
Along with the next size up pants and shirtsand everything else. Wait until you have to move on to maternitydresses because you can't wear anything else. If your ankles are swelling, you'llneed to walk more and elevate the feet for a few hours at the end of the day. I have no problems elevating my feet at theend of the day. The question is if my husband can tolerate it. He doesn't have a choice. While I'd love to sit on the couch and sitand text, even my hands hurt sometimes.
The same fluids building up in your anklesis flowing through your hands. This means that pregnant women are at greater risk ofcarpal tunnel syndrome. So what do I do for my handsé I can't sitby the couch with my hands in the air, because no show or sports team is that good. Lower your salt intake, drink more water,cut back on the soda and get a lot of exercise. So get moving and get plenty of rest. Soundsrather contradictory. If you sit and stew, you'll end up withmore joint pain. I heard a joke that pregnancy pains are justpreparation to make a woman willing to go
through labor. I'll have to take your word for it.