Yoga for Arthritis

Program Synopsis – Arthritis

Besides the elderly, more young Singaporeans are experiencing joint pain as well. In 2007, the Ministry of Health reported that 23.7 percent of Singaporeans between 18 to 50 suffer from chronic joint pains. This is a three-fold increment from the 7.4 percent reported in 2001.

Arthritis is a term used to describe conditions that cause inflammation and pain in the joints. It is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide.

There are many different types of arthritis, but the two most common ones are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis: This is the most common form of arthritis and occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones wears down over time. It commonly affects weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips, and spine. Osteoarthritis is often associated with aging, joint injury, obesity, and repetitive stress on the joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: This is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of the joints, causing inflammation and joint damage. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect multiple joints, including the hands, wrists, and feet. It can also cause systemic symptoms such as fatigue, fever, and weight loss.

Symptoms of arthritis can vary depending on the type and severity but commonly include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced range of motion.

Arthritis can significantly impact a person's quality of life and ability to perform daily activities.

Some Causes of Arthritis

Arthritis can have various causes depending on the type of arthritis. Here are some common factors that can contribute to the development of arthritis:

Age: The risk of developing arthritis increases with age. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is often associated with aging and the natural wear and tear on the joints over time.

Genetics: Certain types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can have a genetic component. Having a family history of arthritis can increase the risk of developing the condition.

Autoimmune factors: In autoimmune arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues, including the joints. The exact cause of autoimmune arthritis is not fully understood, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Joint injury or trauma: Previous joint injuries, such as fractures or ligament tears, can increase the risk of developing arthritis in the affected joint. Joint trauma can lead to the breakdown of cartilage and subsequent joint damage.

Infection: In some cases, arthritis can be triggered by an infection, such as bacterial or viral infections. This is known as infectious arthritis or septic arthritis.

Metabolic factors: Conditions such as gout, which is a type of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, can be influenced by metabolic factors such as diet and lifestyle.

Other factors: Obesity, certain occupations that involve repetitive joint movements or heavy lifting, hormonal changes (as seen in menopause), and certain medical conditions (such as psoriasis or lupus) can also contribute to the development of arthritis.

How We Help Our Clients

Our Program is based on certain yoga postures and routines with the aim of relieving the pain of arthritis sufferers.

We believe our proprietary Program can be beneficial for clients with arthritis by providing gentle joint movement, promoting flexibility, reducing pain, and improving overall well-being. Here are some ways in which our Program can help in managing arthritis:

Gentle exercise: Our Program involves gentle movements and poses that can help improve joint flexibility and range of motion without putting excessive stress on the joints. Regular practice of yoga can help maintain joint function, increase joint strength, and prevent joint stiffness.

Strengthening muscles: Our Program helps to strengthen the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the joints, providing better support, balance, and stability. Stronger muscles, tendons, and ligaments can help alleviate stress on the joints and reduce pain as a result.

Increased flexibility: Our Program helps in stretching and lengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This can help improve flexibility and joint mobility, making it easier to perform daily activities and reducing the risk of injury.

Pain management: Our Program incorporates proper breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation exercises, which can help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm. This can have a positive impact on pain perception and overall well-being.

Improved balance and coordination: Our Program helps on balance and coordination, which can be beneficial for clients with arthritis who may experience joint instability due to pain. Improved balance and joint strength can help prevent falls and injuries.

Mind-body connection: Our Program emphasizes the mind-body connection, encouraging clients to be present and aware of their bodies. This can help clients with arthritis better understand their limitations, listen to their bodies, and we modify poses accordingly to avoid pain or discomfort to clients.

Who Should Sign Up for This Program?

Typically, clients who signed up for this Program fall into 2 categories.

  1. Clients who want to prevent the onset of arthritis in their lives, and
  2. Clients who are are suffering from arthritis and looking for an alternative way to relieve the pain of arthritis and to regain functional movement in their daily lives.

Duration of Program

Approximately 1 hour (60 minutes) per session.

  • Breathing and Joint Loosening Exercises (15 min),
  • Asanas (30 min), and 
  • Relaxation and Meditation (15 min) 

Program Frequency

Recommended 3 (Three) times a week with at least 1 (One) day of rest between sessions.

Program Intensity

Gentle and Easy.

Program Methodology

All clients shall go through our initial assessment before start of our Program, this is then followed by our monthly assessment, and lastly, our final assessment at the end of our Program.

Our Program is proprietary, and it is designed to run on a Systematic and Progressive manner. However, depending on the medical conditions and progress of clients, our Program allows modifications to be made without affecting the benefits to clients.

Program Contents

Our Program is aimed at helping clients prevent or manage arthritis at the following joint locations.

  1. The Shoulders,
  2. The Hips,
  3. The Lumbar Spine,
  4. The Cervical Spine,
  5. The Sacroiliac Joints,
  6. The Knees,
  7. The Wrists & Hands, and
  8. The Feet & Ankles.

Program Director

A Certified Program Director shall be assigned to you once your purchase of this Program is confirmed. Our Program Director shall teach our proprietary Program on a step-by-step basis to our clients so that they could practice our Program at home for lasting results even after our Program has ended. It is a lifetime skillset that we are imparting to our clients for their health and wellness.

Program Disclaimer

We view yoga as a form of preventive and relief alternative. It is neither a cure-all nor a quick-fix intervention to your health or medical concerns or conditions. Our Program is not intended as a substitute for professional health or medical advice. It is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. It is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional health or medical diagnosis and treatment. If you have any health or medical concerns or conditions that warrant special attention, please seek the advice of your health or medical professional before beginning our Program.

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