Can yoga help with osteoarthritis (OA)?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner
Only a few scientific studies have been performed on the effect of yoga on arthritis, but the results are promising. Yoga has been shown to decrease body aches and can make mild improvements to physical functioning, joint health, and quality of life.
Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Yoga is an exercise program that combines stretching and deep breathing. One study found that yoga reduces pain and increases physical function in women who have osteoarthritis of the knee.

Check with your doctor and local health clubs to find a yoga program for beginners that incorporates easy stretches taught by a certified yoga instructor.

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