Chair Yoga: An Effective Way to Treat Osteoarthritic Pain

 

Chair Yoga

With osteoarthritis–associated pain, there is interference in everyday living, limiting functional and social activities as well as diminishing life enjoyment. The effect of pain on everyday living is most directly captured by pain interference. The chair yoga reduces pain interference in everyday activities.

Regular exercise help relieve osteoarthritis pain; however, the ability to participate in exercise declines with age, and many dropout before they can even receive benefits. Although the Arthritis Foundation recommends yoga to reduce joint pain, improve flexibility and balance, and reduce stress and tension, many older adults cannot participate in standing exercises because of lack of muscle strength, pain and balance as well as the fear of falling due to impaired balance. Chair yoga is practiced sitting in a chair or standing while holding the chair for support, and is well suited to older adults who cannot participate in standing yoga or exercise.

The effect of chair yoga on pain and physical function in older adults with osteoarthritis is a proven effective way to reduce pain and improve quality of life. For the millions of older adults who suffer from osteoarthritis in hip, knee, ankle or foot, chair yoga is an effective way to reduce pain and improve quality of life while avoiding pharmacologic treatment and its adverse reactions. Study conducted at Florida Atlantic University examined the effects of chair yoga on pain and physical function in older adults with osteoarthritis.

Sit N Fit Chair Yoga program developed by Kristine Lee practiced for 45 minutes twice a week improved balance, gait speed, fatigue and functional ability, before, during and after the sessions. There was reduction in pain and pain interference. The reduction in pain interference lasted for about 3 months after the 8 weeks of chair yoga program. There was also reductions in fatigue and improvement in gait speed.

Currently, the only treatment for osteoarthritis, which has no cure, includes lifestyle changes and pharmacologic treatments that are not without adverse reactions. Chair yoga decreases pain and improve physical and psychosocial functions of elderly individuals with osteoarthritis who are unable to participate in other exercise and yoga programs.

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Posted January 20, 2017 by dranilj1 in Art Of Medicine

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