Most of us would have come across at least one episode of knee joint pain, sprain, crackling noises in the knee, or swelling. During these times, we usually resort to over-the-counter medications. Let’s take a look at Yoga poses for bad knees along with other Ayurvedic remedies for knee pain relief.
A bad knee can mean any knee-related condition that impacts daily functioning and activities. As you age, your knee joint can become vulnerable, which can hinder your day-to-day activities.
Let’s look at some of the most common ‘bad knee’ conditions.
We all intuitively know the fact that pain is the first symptom of a bad knee and common pathological conditions for the same include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, knee injury, and other knee-related conditions.
There are different diagnostic tests that can identify the possible cause of your chronic knee pain. These tests consist of blood work, physical examination, X-rays, CT scans or MRIs, and other imaging tests.
The major symptoms of knee hurt include constant ache in the knees and sharp, shooting pain when the knees are in use.
Ayurveda is a medical system that mentions both preventive and curative measures to prevent and treat a wide variety of conditions.
In my clinical Ayurvedic practice, I was able to assist most of my clients who were suffering from chronic knee pain using Ayurvedic treatment protocols.
The most common thing I observed in my clients was that if a person was overweight and had a sedentary lifestyle, the chances of getting knee issues increased with age.
Also, even if the person is not overweight and has a fairly active lifestyle, they can still get knee problems if they overutilize the knee joint.
This can be because of the nature of their work i.e. their occupation. Therefore, we should always take enough care of our bones and joints to avoid disabilities later in life.
There are certain factors which we need to take into consideration for reducing the risk of getting a bad knee.
Firstly, you have to have a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index), at least 15- 20 minutes of daily exercise, and a proper diet along with practicing certain yoga poses.1
These general guidelines can not only help you in maintaining healthy joints but will also help to improve the overall quality of your life.
Clinical research studies have shown that individuals with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and knee OA (osteoarthritis) can safely learn to practice yoga poses like the surya namaskar(sun salutation)3 to protect the knee from further damage.
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These Yoga poses may help you in maintaining healthy knees.
Other than the yoga poses, be sure to include Ayurvedic treatments such as abhyanga– oil massage, swedana– sudation using herbal drugs and parisheka – pouring medicated oil exclusively on the knee.
You can also try a procedure called janu basti– oil retention on the knee (janu) and janu pichu– medicated oil held on the knee using a cotton-made dam.
These remedies and treatments are excellent for treating bad knees and relieving chronic knee pain. It is always good to include anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic herbs like ginger, turmeric, ashwagandha in your diet.
Consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before undergoing or trying the remedies, treatments, and herbs mentioned in this article. Consult your Yoga instructor before trying these poses.
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