The joints of the skeleton are the connecting points between bones. Like any other moving machinery, joints are vulnerable to wear and tear, which can lead to arthritis. One way to alleviate the pain from this condition is to keep the muscles around the joints active and strong so they can help provide bone support. As one patient attested, arthritis relief is one of the potential benefits of yoga poses.
"I had no mobility in my arm at all," said holistic enthusiast Cielo English, as quoted by Metro Vancouver. She was diagnosed with arthritis in her shoulder 18 years ago.
"I was told the only way [my mobility] was going to improve was to have shoulder-replacement surgery."
However, she turned to the holistic healing techniques of yoga and was able to remain pain free without surgery for the last 16 years. She is now a yoga instructor herself, sharing the regimen that changed her life with other people.
Recently, English participated in the Power of Movement, a yoga-based charity event that raised more than $9,000 for the Arthritis Research Foundation.
People who are seeking relief from joint pain will be happy to know that these techniques are also available through Washington yoga classes. Besides exercise, weight maintenance will also help keep the pressure of arthritic joints, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.