By Fiona Macrae Science Editor For The Daily Mail
- US study concludes that yoga is beneficial to those suffering arthritis
- Past research has warned exercise may put too much strain on joints
- But scientists found yoga lessened pain and boosted energy levels
- The result was that sufferers found it easier to carry out everyday tasks
Yoga could calm the pain of arthritis. Research has shown the ancient Eastern art to ease symptoms of the two most common forms of the condition. Regular yoga sessions lessened pain, boosted energy levels and made it easier to carry out everyday tasks. Importantly, the benefits were still evident months after the classes ended.
The US researchers said: ‘There’s a real surge of interest in yoga as a complementary therapy.
‘Yoga may be especially well-suited to people with arthritis because it combines physical activity with potent stress management and relaxation techniques and focuses on respecting limitations that can change from day to day.’
All of those involved in the study either had osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear of cartilage that helps the joints take the strain of bending, lifting, gripping and kneeling, and affects more than eight million Britons.