Still Icing Your Creaky Knees? These Poses Are a Far Better Fix
If you have knee arthritis, add these poses to your pain-relief toolkit.
Knee arthritis is kind of like the little lamb that Mary had—it follows you wherever you go. Only creaky, swollen knees are far less fluffy and infinitely less fun than any farm animal. Knees that snap, crackle, and pop make everything harder, from walking and running to bent-knee poses like Warrior I. And while ice can ease the ouch, so can knee arthritis exercises in the form of yoga poses.
Arthritis inflammation can cause pain, swelling and stiffness—and while it can happen in any joint, the knee is one of the most common places from arthritis to rear its head, according to the American Society of Orthopedic Surgeons.
What is knee arthritis?
Arthritis is likely to develop in the knee because the joint takes a lot of day-to-day beating. When you bend, walk, or squat, two wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage that cushion the joint and protect it from daily wear and tear begin to wear away and become frayed. That leaves the bones that make up the knee joint—the femur (thighbone), the upper end of the tibia (shinbone), and the patella (kneecap)—to rub against one another.
How yoga-based exercises can ease knee arthritis pain
Moving through gentle yoga poses can improve the symptoms of knee arthritis. Yoga teacher Amy Ippoliti take you through four postures sure to bring relief by stretching the muscles around the knee joint, including the quads, hamstrings and calves.