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    3 months of yoga followed online could significantly improve movement in adults with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, according to a randomized trial. Complementary therapy.

    Yoga is not just a fashionable movement activity, it could be recommended for knee arthrosis, as evidenced by an Australian study. According to the University of Melbourne, an online yoga class from home would improve the functionality of the knee and thus the quality of life of those affected. The results are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

    More mobility thanks to 12 weeks of yoga

    In this study, the University of Melbourne offered 212 adults with symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee to participate in either a 12-week online yoga program combined with therapeutic education counseling or therapeutic educational counseling alone. They then compared improvements in knee pain while walking and physical function 12 and 24 weeks after starting the program.

    Researchers found that participants who successfully completed two-thirds of the program experienced improvements in knee function and fewer functional difficulties compared to those who did not complete the program. On the other hand, no difference was observed in pain during walking.

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    The importance of regularity in movement

    dr. Laurent Grange, a rheumatologist, consulted on this topic, confirms the beneficial effect of yoga, similar to tai chi, in osteoarthritis of the knee.

    “This really follows from the recommendations of the French Society of Rheumatology or the American Society of Rheumatology: the first treatment of osteoarthritis is based on muscle strengthening. Therefore, sports such as yoga or tai chi are particularly recommended.”

    Why these sports? “Because they allow you to work on mobility, include range-of-motion exercises and remain soft, they are suitable for people who feel pain,” he explains.

    On the other hand, it’s pointless to rush into an intense yoga class in the hope of eliminating your osteoarthritis: “Remember, we can’t hope to cure osteoarthritis with yoga or tai chi, but a combination of a few small things can improve the quality of life” acknowledges, insisting on two main principles: the regularity of exercise and the fact that he adapts it to his condition.

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