Beat stress, fatigue in arthritis with mindful exercise
`Mindfulness` exercises, which focus on bringing one`s complete attention to the present moment, can help curb the stress and fatigue associated with painful rheumatoid joint disease, a new study has suggested.
The authors have based their findings on 73 patients between the ages of 20 and 70, all of whom had had painful joint disease, caused by rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or psoriatic arthritis for at least a year.
Half of them were randomly allocated to scheduled `mindfulness` exercises, which took place in 10 group sessions over a period of 15 weeks, plus a booster session around six months after the course had completed.
The sessions, which were facilitated by healthcare professionals trained in mindfulness techniques, addressed particular topics, such as recognising individual limitations, and strong emotions, such as anger, joy, and sorrow.
The exercises, which were part of the Vitality Training Programme of VTP, encouraged participants to become aware of, and deliberately concentrate on their feelings, thoughts and bodily experiences, including pain, without judging or trying to avoid them.