Using Mind and Body Practices to Improve Day-to-Day Living with Psoriatic Arthritis

Using Mind and Body Practices to Improve Day-to-Day Living with Psoriatic Arthritis


(soft music) – Mind body practices may be a useful edition to the
traditional therapies prescribed by your Rheumatologist. (soft music) Yoga is a mind body therapy that works on breathing, meditation, and movement to improve health and wellbeing. While Yoga has not been
studied in randomized trials in patients with psoriasis
and psoriatic arthritis, this therapy has been found
to improve patient wellbeing, physical function, and
quality of life in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
and osteoarthritis. There are several forms
of Yoga, which are easy on the joints, and great
for stress reduction. Including restorative Yoga,
gentle Yoga, or beginners Yoga. Yoga for patients with
arthritis have been shown to be beneficial,
especially for joint pain, range of motion, and flexibility
with increasing evidence. It is important to consult your doctor before starting a new Yoga practice, and practice with experienced
and certified instructors. Another mind body practice is acupuncture. There are some evidence
for use of acupuncture to treat psoriasis, unfortunately, no available studies
on psoriatic arthritis. Although, there are various
ways to perform acupuncture, patients who participated
in a six week program found improvements in their psoriasis. All in all, acupuncture for
patients with osteoarthritis, a form of wear and tear
arthritis has been shown to significantly reduce pain intensity, improve functional mobility,
and improve quality of life. A small side note for
potential side effects in patients with active skin disease, caution must be used as acupuncture has rarely been reported
to cause skin damage, especially if applied to an active lesion. Another practice is Tai Chi. Tai Chi is another mind body therapy that has not been well studied in psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, but has shown benefit in
other forms of arthritis. Tai Chi is a gentle moving meditation that is great for stress reduction, and for improving range
of motion for the joints. Tai Chi is typically
offered at community centers or with local interest groups. It has proven benefit for patients with fibromyalgia, as well. An introduction on Tai Chi
and qigong is available through the National
Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Mindfulness based stress reduction. In a small, randomized control trial, patients with plaque psoriasis
undergoing light therapy, in additionally performing
mindfulness meditation, guided by audiotape instructions, had more rapid resolution
of their psoriatic lesions compared to those undergoing
light therapy alone. Mindfulness based stressed reduction is a structured eight week course, typically run by a trained
mental health provider, that improves attention, encourages awareness of the present moment and develops the ability to cope with difficult, physical,
and mental experiences. Mindfulness based stress reduction is offered through our department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services, as well as short-end versions
available in the community. (soft music)

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