Many people engage in yoga for meditative purposes and to relax and unwind. However, the fluid movements making up yoga can be much more beneficial to your health especially in reducing pain.
Yoga has been proven effective in treating chronic pain. So instead of taking those medications for your joint pain, it is healthier to try out the poses to relieve the pain. The movements allow smooth gliding of painful joints, thus increasing strength and mobility without excessive tear and wear.
Below are some of the best yoga poses you can use to reduce joint pain.
The supported warrior pose
This yoga pose works amazingly in relieving knee pain. It involves standing tall with hands against the wall and then placing the feet right before pushing the wall away. You will be amazed by how effective the pose will be for knee pain.
The tree pose
Like the name suggests, all weight is placed on a leg at a time as a way of strengthening and toning joints and muscles in the grounded leg. Other benefits of this pose are improved balance and strengthened hip and knee joints. It is a pose that fights pain generally.
The bridge yoga pose
It is a great movement to relieve pain around the spine and hips. You would need to lie on the floor with feet flat and knees pointing upwards and then lifting the hips up, but keeping the head and shoulders on the floor. It is, however, important to skip the pose if you have neck pain or injuries.
The cow face yoga pose
This pose works in relieving pain in hip joints and the spine joints as well. When legs are included in the pose, blood circulation to ankle and knees is improved thus lubricating the joints and relieving swellings and pain. For those with hurting knees, it is best to sit with legs crossed and hips elevated.
The wall plank pose
It is a good yoga pose for those suffering shoulder and elbow joint pain. With feet apart at hip width, face the wall and place the palms against it, then slowly lean forwards allowing the body to rest on your hands. The arms should be in and body in a straight line to bend elbows until your nose touch the wall before pushing back.
The butterfly pose
It helps relieve hip pain and is not that hard to do. You simply need to sit on the floor, bringing feet soles together and knees wide to form a diamond with legs. The back should be straight and shoulders relaxed as you breathe and drop your weight on legs gently.
There are several other yoga poses that can help in relieving joint pain. You can easily follow the poses using images, instructions or videos. Or better still, you can get a yoga instructor to take you through them to reap maximum pain relief benefits without the need to use medications for the same. There is nothing better than fighting pain naturally.