Yoga is the all-natural way to relieve the joint pain and stiffness that is associated with arthritis in older adults. It is a safe alternative to pills and is better for the joints than weight-bearing exercises. Here are a few of the best poses to begin with, suggested by Caledon elder care provider, Home Care Assistance.
1. Mountain Pose
The mountain pose has been proven to effectively relieve arthritis pain in the knees. It is very gentle and is the basis on which many other poses are based off of. This yoga move is a great one to start with and practice can be performed for longer periods of time. It is done in a standing position with the sides of the big toes touching and heals slightly apart.
2. Warrior Pose II
The warrior pose II is performed in a standing gradual lunge position, and can be completed with a chair or assistance from an in-home caregiver for those with weak legs or balance issues. This pose helps keep the hips stretched and limber, which benefits seniors who experience arthritis pain in their lower backs.
3. Low Lunge
This is the stable way to get the benefits of a complete full lunge. The low lunge yoga position stretches the thighs and groin area while opening up the chest. It improves strength and flexibility in the arms, abdomen, shoulders, hips, legs, back, and knees providing stability for seniors with arthritis.
The bridge pose strengthens the lower back and hips, improving stability among aging adults with arthritis. This exercise is done by lying with the back to the floor then lifting the pelvis and spine off the ground to form a bridge. A towel or folded blanket can be put under the shoulders for added support.
5. Legs up the Wall
Legs up the wall is a gentle inversion yoga pose that is very beneficial for the entire body. It involves lying on the ground with the legs up against the wall. It calms and nourishes the body and the mind in a gentle and therapeutic way. Benefits of this pose include improved digestion, relief for tired leg muscles, and better-regulated blood pressure.
If you provide home care for an aging parent with arthritis and could use additional support meeting his or her care needs, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer hourly and live-in elderly care for Caledon seniors, ensuring your loved one will have the help he or she needs when it’s needed most. To find out how our care services can benefit you and your loved one, please give us a call at 905-951-8885 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.