|Yoga May Improve Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Feel Better After 6 Weeks of Iyengar-Style Yoga
May 24, 2012 (Honolulu, Hawaii) — Young patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may feel better after practicing yoga for just six weeks, a new study shows.
Researchers reported their findings here last week at the American Pain Society’s annual meeting.
“It seems to be a very feasible, practical treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis,” one of the researchers, Kirsten Lung, tells WebMD. Lung researches pain at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
The results are not surprising to Kathleen Sluka, PhD, a physical therapist who researches pain at the University of Iowa. All kinds of physical activity can help with rheumatoid arthritis, she tells WebMD. Sluka was not involved in this study.
RA is a chronic type of arthritis. It is an autoimmune disease . It is most common among women. Early symptoms include fatigue , joint pain , and stiffness.
As it progresses, RA may feel like the flu , with muscle aches and loss of appetite. Early and effective treatment may help prevent joint and bone destruction.