According to a study, elders that took dance therapy classes were able to walk faster and experience less knee and hip pain. Dancing is not only for one’s enjoyment, but also to improve one’s posture and range of motion.
Looking for a right dance for you? Listed below are some dances that will help you ease the pain of having rheumatoid arthritis.
- Zumba Gold
- This type of Zumba is specifically made for older adults. It is perfect for people with physical limitations since its choreography modifies the traditional Zumba’s aerobic dance.
- Ballroom Dancing
- Ballroom Dancing avoids stress on our joints. You can try dancing waltz or tango to alleviate that joint pain!
- Lebed Method (Healthy Steps)
- This dance therapy improves one’s overall wellness, range of motion, balance, strength, and endurance.
- Belly Dancing
- This type of dance will help strengthen the core because of its movements such as hip circles and shoulder shimmies. However, it is highly recommended to consult your doctor (before entertaining this type of dance) if you are having trouble with your hips.
- Jazzercise Lite
- A modified form of Jazzercise that provides low intensity work out which can be taught for older adults.
Before starting any kind of exercise, make sure to get your doctor’s opinion for your safety.
Reference: Arthritis Today Magazine. (2015, October 5). Dance Away Joint Pain. Arthritis Foundation. Retrieved from http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/dance-therapy-joint-pain.