People are always searching for new and innovative ways to make them feel better. It’s important not only for your body to respond positively to the grind of everyday life, but it’s important for your mind too. Those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis undergo chronic pain, and their joints are always swelling, but thanks to this new study, they may have a solution to both their mind and their body aches.
Dr. Rima Dada from the Department of Anatomy at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi wanted desperately to discover how to improve the lives of arthritic patients. After conducting some initial research and finally moving forward with an experiment, she is proud to say that she has finally found a solution. And it might even make you happier too!
According to the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 72 people who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis were brought in for the experiment and divided into two groups. Half of the RA sufferers took their medicine and did nothing else, but the other half took their medicine along with doing ten minutes of yoga every day for eight weeks.
You might be able to guess who felt better after the experiment.
The yoga group exhibited lower levels of depression as well as less inflamed joints! In this study, Dada became the first person to prove that yoga was not only great for the brain and other aspects related to RA, but she also came up with the first definitive proof that yoga actually reduces swelling too.
“Our results provide evidence that yoga positively modifies the pathobiology of autoimmunity at cellular and molecular levels by targeting mind-body communications,” Dr. Dada said according to DailyMail UK.
In other words, it’s all about that mind-body communication, baby! Yoga is a wonderful activity for all of those who are hoping to understand their bodies better and to treat the aches and pains not only common with rheumatoid arthritis but also those that are common in everyday life. It’s time to break out those mats, people.
If you’re looking to make your body and mind feel better, it might be a smart idea to start practicing your downward facing dog, and your lotus and crab poses too. These relaxing (albeit difficult) stretches and exercises could be exactly what you need to start feeling better.
As medicine and technology continue to be important, it’s important to remain open to the information revolving around non-pharmaceutical techniques of healing. With the internet and with innovative doctors like Dr. Dada, we now have more information than ever to help heal our bodies and minds than before. If that means that we have to start trusting our neighbor/yoga teacher, then so be it.
Yoga can be a fun and relaxing way to improve mind-body communication. Similar to meditation, it’s also remarkable how becoming one with your body and mind can make your everyday life all that much more enjoyable. Are you open to holistic approaches like yoga, meditation, and acupuncture?
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