Yoga for Knee Osteoarthritis

Systematic review of body-body programs for knee osteoarthritis.

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The knee is the largest joint in the body and one of the most complicated. It needs to be strong enough to support our weight but flexible enough to allow bending and twisting movements. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, stiffness, a grating or grinding sensation when you move the joint and swellings.

Here, we have a new systematic review that aimed to identify effective mind-body exercise programs and provide clinicians and patients with updated, high-quality recommendations concerning non-traditional land-based exercises for knee osteoarthritis.

The four high-quality studies identified demonstrated that various mind-body exercise programs are promising for improving the management of knee osteoarthritis. Hatha Yoga demonstrated significant improvement for pain relief and physical function. Tai Chi Qigong demonstrated significant improvement for quality of life, pain relief and physical function. And sun style Tai Chi gave significant improvement for pain relief and physical function.

Pretty cool huh?! :) :)

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS