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. 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
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
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!
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