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.
KT Tape Finger Jam
I'm Chris Harper and with me is Melissaand we're here to demonstrate the application for a finger jam. A finger jam may be due to a compressiveforce or catching a ball and hitting the end ofthe finger causing pain and inflammation in a joint.KT Tape helps treat this condition by stabilizing the jointwithout immobilizing it. So for this application we will take onestrip of tape.
And what we're going to be doing is cuttingthis tape right down the middle to produce two long strips. And what I like to do is actuallyfold the tape over on itself, and we're going to be cutting round cornerson the ends of all the pieces. This is just to help reduce those sharp cornersthat may get caught on clothing. For the first part of this applicationwe're going to put the hand in a relaxed position to measure the tape backfrom the last joint or knuckle of the finger.
That shows me where I'm going to be placingthis anchor point To make an anchor point I'm just going tobe tearing and twisting that paper backing off the tape and applying that down with zerostretch. I'm just getting that to stick, and I'll peel the paper off the tape to about the back ofthe hand and the remainder of the tape I'm going toapply about a ten percent stretch
so which is if this was a hundredpercent stretch we're going back that way off so just a little bit of stretchon there and apply that right over the topof the finger. You're going around that finger a littlebit to get a good anchor on the other end not applying much stretch onthis anchor on the end however. Give that a little bit of a rub so it's stickingwell, that friction creates some heat, creates a little adhesion. This leavesour last repair which we will actually turn into two stripsfolding in half
and again going to becutting rounded corners to produce too short strips. With this stripI'm going to be tearing the paper near the end leaving about an inchgoing around the joint that is in pain to create a little bit of support butthe important part of this is not to apply this with any stretch so I'm goingto very gently go around that making sure not to apply any stretch at allon that piece. I'm being very carefulnot to touch the adhesive of the tape.
This leaves you the second pieceyou can hold in reserve in case the swelling around the joint changes youcan change out the second part of the application Some good tips before applying this is towash your hands very well to make sure there's no skin oils or lotions onyour hands that may affect the adhesion of the tape some complementary treatments mayinclude rest, ice, antiinflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. Please seek care if pain lasts more thantwelve hours