Osteoarthritis & Ashtanga Yoga
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, chronic and progressive.
And ‘the most common rheumatic disease and affects both sexes. Osteoarthritis affects not only the majority of older people, but lately also the youngest. Degenerative lesions of the joints are the cartilage, subchondral bone and tendon insertions. Frequently the degenerative process may be complicated by inflammation phases of joint structure, causing swelling with liquid effusion.
The most frequently affected joints are: the spine, hip, knee, fingers and piedi.Il most frequent symptom complained by the patient with osteoarthritis is pain. This disease causes pain and malfunction of the joints, especially when the degeneration of the joint has evolved, more or less disabling depending on the articular locations involved. Joints such as the hip and knee, can obstruct the path; osteoarthritis of the hands can compromise the dexterity and strength needed for different daily acts; osteoarthritis of the spine as well as the pain may be associated with alterations of the vertebral discs with compressive disease on the roots of the nerves and then pain radiated along the limbs (back pain, sciatic pain).
Often there are deformations (very noticeable in the hands, for example) with “nodules” at the level of inter-proximal and distal phalangeal joints with joint axis deviation.Several students, constantly practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga are beneficial not only feeling much less pain but also recovering the functionality of the joints of the hands (are able to support the entire palm to the ground), hip (being able to carry forward bends, twists and other), knees and shoulders. Not to mention of course the improved daily life. Trainers practise 4/5 times a week. 😀