Significant benefits of yoga for RA

yoga-teacherNow there’s relief from RA pain. Yoga benefited many of the RA patients Rachna Chhachhi treated and she herself used that to heal her joints. Now there is documented proof via Rheumatologists endorsing the same. Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis who practice yoga showed statistically significant improvements in disease activity, according to a small study presented at the EULAR 2011 Annual Congress.

The results of the study conducted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) among 47 patients (26 yoga patients and 21 controls) demonstrate that patients who completed 12 sessions of Raj yoga which is one of the gentler styles of yoga, combining exercise and breathing techniques showed significant improvements in disease activity scores (DAS28) of p=0.021 and health assessment questionnaire’s (HAQ†) of p=0.0015. However there was no statistically significant improvement on the quality of life scale (QoL).

“Most patients with RA do not exercise regularly despite the fact that those who do report less pain and are therefore more physically active,” said Dr Humeira Badsha MD Rheumatologist and founder of the Emirates Arthritis Foundation, Dubai, UAE. “While our study has been conducted in a small group of patients the results show clear benefits for patients who regularly practice Raj yoga. We believe that practicing yoga longer term could in fact result in further significant improvements and hope our study drives further research into the benefits of yoga in RA.”

Results of a separate study show the positive effects of yoga on the quality of life in patients with Fibromyalgia, a long-term condition which causes extreme pain all over the body.

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The above story is based on materials provided by European League Against Rheumatism. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

European League Against Rheumatism. “Siginificant benefits of yoga in people with rheumatoid arthritis, study shows.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 May 2011. <>.

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