Did you ever get an opportunity to see a toy robot? If you have, you must have noticed that the limbs do not constitute a continuous part of its main body, but are separate parts that are joined to the main body. This is done to ensure greater flexibility of movement of the limbs of the robot. The human body is also constructed on similar lines.
Our limbs are attached to the torso, and within themselves, at points called joints, which ensures their free movement. Literally, a joint is a joining place of two bones and it is a gap that holds the linked bones together. Starting from the top, the human body has the neck joint, the shoulder joint, the elbow joint, the wrist joint, the hip joint, the knee joint and the ankle joint. Diseases such as arthritis, injury and lack of lubrication might cause joint pains.
7 Yoga Poses For Joint Pain
Yoga For Neck Pain
Bitalasana (Cow Pose) and Marjariasana (Cat Pose) are two poses that must be done one after the other to ensure a pain-free neck and spine. Start with sitting on your fours as in the yoga Table Top Pose. Now, stretch your body forwards with your spinal curve directed downwards.
Now, gradually turn your head upwards towards the ceiling by stretching your neck upwards. This is the Cow Pose. This should be followed by the Cat Pose which is its reverse. Revert to the Table Top Pose from the Cow Pose and draw in your neck and face towards your chest, while pulling your stomach inwards with the curvature of your torso turned upwards. Both these exercises provide immense relaxation to the neck joint, thereby relieving its pain.
Yoga For Shoulder Pain
Some easy Dahn yoga stretches are sure to provide you relief from shoulder pain. Do not shrug your shoulders only to show attitude! There is a better purpose for it. Shrugging your shoulders will loosen up your shoulder joint. Perform this for 2-3 minutes.
The next stretch involves placing your hand behind your neck with the elbow raised, and holding it with the palm of your other hand. This stretch relaxes and strengthens your shoulders. This also enhances the motional flexibility of your shoulders. Repeat the exercise with the other shoulder.
Yoga For Elbow Joint
Certain yoga stretches can help relieve elbow joint pain, especially the tennis elbow. Sit comfortably cross-legged on the floor and hold up your arms, interlocking the palms, over your head. Remain in this position for half a minute. Next, lower the arms to shoulder level, behind your head and remain in this position for another 30 seconds.
Revert to resting position. To increase elbow flexibility, bend the arm of the elbow behind the back and try to hold it with the palm of your other hand. If you are not able to hold, try to bring both hands as close together as possible, behind the back. Relax and repeat the exercise on the other side.
Yoga For Wrist Joint
Simple yoga stretches can be performed for the wrist. Seat yourself or stand in a comfortable position and stretch your arms out straight in front of you. Make a fist in both the hands.
Now, move your hands up and down at the wrist joint, by about 180 degrees. Relax. Now, rotate your wrists completely for about 1-2 minutes.
Yoga For Hip Joint
Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge) stretches the hip joint completely and strengthens them. Begin with sitting on your knees. Now, bend your right leg and rest it on your foot keeping the other leg as it is on the floor.
Now, stretch your left leg out straight while holding your hands in a namaskar (Indian salutation pose) above your head. Remain in this pose for about 10 seconds. Return to resting pose and repeat the exercise with the left leg.
Yoga For Knee Joint
Anjaneyasana also works well for strengthening your knees. Another yoga pose that you could try is the Virabhadrasana (Standing Warrior Pose). Stand with your feet slightly apart.
Bend your right leg at the knee and spread out your hands straight. Turn your head towards the side with the bent knee. Remain in this pose for about 30 seconds. Revert to the resting pose and repeat the exercise with the other leg.
Yoga For Ankle Joint
Simple yoga stretches can be performed for strengthening the ankle joint. Stand straight and rotate the ankles in a clockwise and counter clockwise direction for 10 seconds each.
Move your ankles from side to side for 10 seconds each. This exercise can also be performed in a seated position and with the active leg raised.
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