Aqua Yoga for Arthritis Research

aqua yoga for arthritis research

Unfortunately, there is no research on the benefits of aqua yoga and it’s efficacy for arthritis patients compared to aquatic exercise in general or compared to land based yoga.  I do think it’s important to keep up on related research to keep one’s practice and teachings evidence based.

As I come across papers relevant to aqua exercise and arthritis, I will post them and hopefully one day, we’ll see some research on aqua yoga. I’ve kept this list current by excluding research more than 10 years old.

“Aqua Yoga for Arthritis” Research

Extrapolate as desired…


Aqua Yoga for Arthritis Research- Links to Full Papers:

A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of hydrotherapy and land exercises on overall well being and quality of life in rheumatoid arthritis

A randomized controlled trial of aquatic and land-based exercise in patients with knee osteoarthritis

Aquatic exercise for the treatment of knee and hip osteoarthritis

Aquatic Exercise Program for Individuals With Osteoarthritis: Pain, Stiffness, Physical Function, Self-Efficacy

Conceptualized Framework of Spinal and Pelvic Stabilization using Alternative Methodology of Pilates and Yoga

Effect of Therapeutic Aquatic Exercise on Symptoms and Function Associated With Lower Limb Osteoarthritis:  Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis

Effects of aquatic exercise on muscle strength and functional performance of individuals with osteoarthritis: a systematic review

Effectiveness of Aquatic Exercises in Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Randomized, Controlled, 16-Week Intervention—The HydRA Trial

Hydrotherapy Versus Conventional Land-Based Exercise for the Management of Patients With Osteoarthritis of the Knee:  A Randomized Clinical Trial

Perception and responses to different forms of aqua-based exercise among older adults with osteoarthritis

Physiotherapist-designed aquatic exercise programme for community-dwelling elders with osteoarthritis of the knee: a Hong Kong pilot study

Systematic review and meta-analysis comparing land and aquatic exercise for people with hip or knee arthritis on function, mobility and other health outcomes

The PICO project: aquatic exercise for knee osteoarthritis in overweight and obese individuals


Aqua Yoga for Arthritis Research- Links to Abstracts only:

A randomized and controlled trial of hydrotherapy in rheumatoid arthritis

Aquatic exercise & balneotherapy in musculoskeletal conditions

Community-based aquatic exercise and quality of life in persons with osteoarthritis

Comparing the efficacy of aquatic exercises and land-based exercises for patients with knee osteoarthritis

Comparative effects of 2 aqua exercise programs on physical function, balance, and perceived quality of life in older adults with osteoarthritis

Effect of aquatic exercise on ankylosing spondylitis: a randomized controlled trial

Effectiveness of aquatic exercise for obese patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial

Effects of an exercise and relaxation aquatic program in patients with spondyloarthritis: A randomized trial

The effect of aquatic exercise and education on lowering fall risk in older adults with hip osteoarthritis

The effects of balance and postural stability exercises on spa based rehabilitation programme in patients with ankylosing spondylitis


Aqua Yoga for Arthritis Research- Currently still in trial:

Effect of aquatic physical therapy on pain perception, functional capacity and quality of life in older people with knee osteoarthritis: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial


Articles on aquatic exercise for arthritis:

Info for people with arthritis who want to exercise in water

Rheumatoid Arthritis –Ten Reasons Aquatic Exercise Works!

If you have arthritis and you’d like to work with me in the pool.  Join my aqua yoga online eCourse.  Enrollment starts again in March 2019.  Sign up for my email list to get priority enrollment and early bird discounts.

This post has been shared with RD blog week.  Click on the picture to see all the blog posts raising awareness about rheumatic diseases.

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This post was last updated 11.12.18


I'm a yoga teacher who specializes in making yoga accessible in the pool and on land. I also train and coach other yoga and aquatics professionals in aqua yoga. My teaching style is engaging, responsive, and fun. 

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