Through research conducted at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center and elsewhere, yoga has shown promise for improving arthritis symptoms, physical fitness, mental health and quality of life. However, in order to be safe and effective, yoga must also be appropriate for people living with arthritis. While there are many ways that yoga poses can be adapted, a chair is a readily available tool that makes yoga more accessible. Dr. Steffany Moonaz will guide you through these videos, which can be used one at a time or in sequence, depending on how much time you have and what you want to practice. It includes information on posture, breathing, movement, yoga poses that are done seated and standing, and a relaxation.
Meet Dr. John Miller, an Instructor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology. He is an active clinician in both the Consultative Rheumatology and Arthritis Centers. Dr. Miller is training in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound and plans to use these skills to improve detection of subtle inflammation, monitor response to therapy, and evaluate differences in subgroups of patients with inflammatory arthritis.
Sleep problems can occur in patients with psoriatic arthritis. While there are unfortunately many causes of these problems, there are also many solutions. In this video, Victoria Ruffing, RN, BC, the director of patient education at Johns Hopkins Rheumatology, discusses ways to combat sleeplessness and feel more restful throughout the day.
Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, and acupuncture are some of the mind and body practices that have been found to be beneficial for those with arthritis. Always discuss with your doctor before starting these activities. In this video, Dr. Dana DiRenzo discusses the different mind and body practices that may be beneficial to a patient with psoriatic arthritis.