The Effects Of Seated Yoga on Pain and Physical Function Among Older Adults with Osteoarthritis

Adapted from Park, J., McCaffrey, R., Newman, D., Liehr, P., & Ouslander, G. (2017).

Regular exercise is one of the leading forms of treatment for osteoarthritis. In fact, it is considered by some to be the most effective, non-drug, treatment for the pain and stiffness associated with the condition. However, the ability to participate in exercise declines with age. Studies have found that over 50% of older adults who begin an exercise program drop out before receiving any benefit.  

Yoga is a promising exercise for arthritis. It has four standard components: physical postures, breathing practices, relaxation and mental focus. Yoga is now recommended by the American Arthritis Foundation to improve flexibility, pain and balance, and decrease stress, tension and social isolation. Unfortunately, many older persons living with osteoarthritis do not have the ability to participate in yoga due to the standing required.

Chair yoga is practiced sitting, or standing holding a chair for support. It appears well suited for older adults, however few studies have examined it's effect on reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

The objective of this study was to determine the immediate and sustained effects of seated yoga on pain and physical function in older adults with osteoarthritis.

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Park., J., McCaffrey, R., Newman, D., Liehr, P., & Ouslander, J. (2017). A pilot randomized controlled trial of the effects of chair yoga on pain and physical function among community dwelling older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis. The American Geriatrics Society, 65 (3), 529-597. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14717