Considering that July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, we at Dahn Yoga can't think of a better time to learn about the benefits of yoga for kids who have this condition.
More than 290,000 Americans under age 18 live with juvenile arthritis, according to the latest data from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). This is usually the result of an overactive immune system that attacks healthy joint tissue, leading to pain in the knees, hands, feet and other areas.
While there are medications that can alleviate the most severe symptoms of juvenile arthritis, the NIAMS reminds people that exercise is essential to any care regimen.
"Although pain sometimes limits physical activity, exercise is important for reducing the symptoms of juvenile arthritis and maintaining function and range of motion of the joints. Most children with [juvenile arthritis] can take part fully in physical activities and selected sports when their symptoms are under control," the agency website states.
Parents may want to consider enrolling their children in Washington yoga classes, which can provide low-impact exercises that are gentle on the joints while maintaining optimal flexibility. A doctor can help parents decide if this activity is appropriate.