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Using Yoga to Stretch the
Bonds of Rheumatoid Arthritis



(HealthScoutNews) -- If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), it's not a stretch to say you might be interested in a new online yoga guide designed specifically for you.

The guide was developed by the American Yoga Association and the Arthritis Foundation. You can access it at Remain Active with RA.

Yoga may help people with arthritis deal with pain and stiffness, improve their range of motion and increase strength for daily activities.

This guide consists of a 35-minute yoga routine that includes range-of-motion, muscle strengthening, and endurance exercises -- the three major forms of exercise prescribed for people with RA. The guide also has warm-up exercises, along with relaxation, breathing and meditation techniques.

Each exercise description includes detailed photographs and instructions on the proper way to perform each movement.

RA affects about 2 million Americans, 75 percent of them women.

More information

To learn more about RA, visit the National Library of Medicine.


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