Helen Lawler

Helen Lawler

Helen Lawler is a freelance writer and mother. She previously worked in several positions in the healthcare sector, ending her career in a management role. Upon becoming a mother she decided to pursue her first love of writing and has rediscovered a lost passion as well as finding a flexible and rewarding role that complements family life.

Chair Yoga to Battle Osteoarthritis

Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Chair Yoga to Battle Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 30 million adults in the United States (1). 

The disease, commonly called degenerative joint disease, is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage and bone within the joints. It progresses slowly, yet its symptoms are often debilitating and can include stiffness, reduced range of motion, swelling and pain. 

Those battling osteoarthritis are often given both prescription and over-the-counter medication to deal with pain, yet since medications can produce side-effects (2), the first line of defense is often physical therapy, weight loss, regular exercise, etc. In some cases, surgery is also considered.

Keep reading to learn how chair yoga may be an option for relieving osteoarthritis pain.