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According to a randomized trial, 3 months of online-tracked yoga sessions can significantly improve mobility in adults with symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee. complementary therapy.
Yoga is not just a trendy physical activity, it can be recommended for osteoarthritis of the knee, according to an Australian study. According to the University of Melbourne, attending online yoga classes from home will improve the functionality of the knee and therefore the quality of life of those affected. The results are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
More mobility with 12 weeks of yoga
As part of this study, the University of Melbourne offered 212 adults suffering from symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee the opportunity to complete either a 12-week online yoga program linked to Therapeutic Education Tips or just Therapeutic Education Tips. They then compared the reduction in walking knee pain and physical function at 12 and 24 weeks after starting the program.
The researchers found that participants who successfully completed two-thirds of the program reported improved knee function and reduced functional difficulties compared to those who did not complete the program. On the other hand, there was no difference in pain when walking.
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The importance of regularity in movement.
Dr. Laurent Grange, a rheumatologist, consulted on this subject confirms the beneficial effects of yoga, as well as tai chi, in osteoarthritis of the knee.
“This is really what follows from the recommendations of the French Society of Rheumatology or the American College of Rheumatology: the first treatment for osteoarthritis is based on strengthening the muscles. Therefore, sports such as yoga or tai chi are especially recommended.”
Why these particular sports? “Because they allow you to work on mobility, include amplitude exercises and remain soft, therefore they are suitable for people who feel pain, ”he explains.
On the other hand, it is useless to rush into intensive yoga classes in the hope of getting rid of osteoarthritis: “Let’s remember that we can’t hope to cure osteoarthritis with yoga or tai chi, but a few small things combined can improve the quality of life.” he recognizes, insisting on two basic principles: the regularity of exercise and the fact of adapting it to his condition.