It is important to understand how your body responds to exercise. Because yoga is typically thought of as being less strenuous than walking, running, or lifting weights, many patients are unaware of the effects yoga can have on their knees.
The knee is a large and complex joint made up of bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Patients who injure their knee typically experience pain that may range from mild to severe. Some of the most common causes of knee injuries include overuse, overtraining, and not performing movements/exercises properly. If you are thinking about starting yoga, here is all of the information you need to help you avoid knee injuries and maximize knee health.
In simple, straightforward terms that relate to knee health, yoga can be described as a series of physical poses and meditation activities that promote musculoskeletal health and overall well being. General guidelines to follow while participating in yoga include the following:
By following these simple guidelines, you will be able to enjoy yoga and have fun. Additionally, you will be able to create a unique yoga program tailored to your wants, desires, and goals. This program can exclude poses that may cause knee pain and include poses that are great for your knees.
If you are concerned about knee pain while participating in yoga, you should be aware that the following poses have been known to cause pain:
These poses should be modified or stopped if they cause pain.
Poses that can increase your knee strength and flexibility and help prevent knee injuries include the following:
It is important to realize that the benefits of these poses may only be seen when they are performed properly. As previously mentioned, working with a trained instructor is always recommended.
You now know that yoga should not hurt your knees. You also know that it can be tremendously beneficial to your knee health. If you are ready to start yoga, but want more advice or want an orthopedic specialist to evaluate your knees, please do not hesitate to contact our office to make an appointment.