Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2000 Feb;26(1):125-32, x. doi: 10.1016/s0889-857x(05)70126-5.


Yoga is an ancient tradition that has been westernized and often practiced for its proposed health benefits. Traditional texts describe its benefits for many types of arthritis. Two limited studies of yoga in osteoarthritis of the hands and carpal tunnel syndrome show greater improvement in pain than in control groups. Yoga uses stretching and improves strength so that it theoretically should be beneficial for some musculoskeletal problems. Yoga merits further study into its cellular and physiologic effects.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / therapy*
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Humans
  • Yoga*