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Chair Yoga For Osteoarthritis

I’m a fan of yoga and here’s a really interesting study

How Chair Yoga Could Become The Go-To Treatment For Arthritis Sufferers

Stephen Matthews writing for the Daily Mail reported chair yoga may help to reduce pain in older adults suffering from arthritis.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University randomly assigned 131 older adults with osteoarthritis to either chair yoga or a health education program.

Participants went to their 45-minute session twice a week for around two months.

Pain measurements were taken before, during and after, in the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

They found those in the chair yoga group showed a greater reduction in pain interference during their sessions.

This benefit lasted for around three months – four weeks after they had originally finished.
General pain, fatigue and gait also improved as a result of the chair yoga sessions.

Writing in the journal, the authors said: ‘Chair yoga should be further explored as a non-pharmacologic intervention for older people with osteoarthritis.’

Comment: Gentle with no side effects. Sounds good to me.

Human body clock study paves way for treatment osteoarthritis

Tick tock… what’s a clock got to do with arthritis… next

Human body clock study paves way for drug treatment of osteoarthritis

Reported in News Medical, a University of Manchester biologist has for the first time established that the painful and debilitating symptoms endured by osteoarthritis sufferers are intrinsically linked to the human body clock.

The study, led by Dr. Qing-Jun Meng, who is a Senior Research Fellow for Arthritis Research UK, could in the years to come, pave the way for drug treatment of the joint.

His research findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Meng discovered that body clocks within cartilage cells – or chondrocytes- control thousands repair function insufficient, which could contribute to osteoarthritis.

Dr. Meng’s of genes which segregate different biological activities at different times of the day.

The body clock, he realized, controls the equilibrium between when chondrocyte cells are repaired during rest and when they are worn down through activity.

But his research revealed that as we age, our cartilage cell body clocks deteriorate, making the team examined three types of human cartilage under the microscope: normal, mildly affected by osteoarthritis and severely affected.

As the osteoarthritis became more severe, the number of cells that express BMAL1 – a protein which controls the body clock – became less and less.

Comment: Very interesting stuff.

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