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Yoga and tai chi have been found to reduce symptoms and may be beneficial when you use them along with other conventional treatments for rheumatoid arthritis.
Yoga combines physical movements with breathing techniques, mental relaxation and meditation. When done properly, yoga is a safe and effective therapy for people with rheumatoid arthritis. It's been found to reduce pain, build muscle strength, increase flexibility, and improve balance and posture.
It's important to talk to your doctor before starting yoga, tai chi or other complementary therapies to make sure they're safe for you. Even if your doctor says it's safe, look for yoga and tai chi instructors who can modify movements to minimize joint stress.
April Chang-Miller, M.D.
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