Navigation Links
OHSU research suggests yoga can counteract fibromyalgia
Date:10/13/2010

PORTLAND, Ore According to new research conducted at Oregon Health & Science University, yoga exercises may have the power to combat fibromyalgia a medical disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain. The research is being published in the November 10 online edition of the journal Pain and will appear online Thursday, Oct. 14.

"Previous research suggests that the most successful treatment for fibromyalgia involves a combination of medications, physical exercise and development of coping skills," said James Carson, Ph.D., a clinical health psychologist and an assistant professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine. "Here, we specifically focused on yoga to determine whether it should be considered as a prescribed treatment and the extent to which it can be successful."

In this study, researchers enrolled 53 female study subjects previously diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The women were randomly assigned to two research groups. The first group participated in an eight-week yoga program, which included gentle poses, meditation, breathing exercises and group discussions. The second group of women the control group received standard medication treatments for fibromyalgia.

Following completion of the yoga program, researchers assessed each study subject using questionnaires and physical tests. The results were then compared with testing results obtained prior to the yoga classes. The members of the control group underwent the same evaluations. In addition, each participant in the yoga group was urged to keep a daily diary to personally assess their condition throughout the entire program.

Comparison of the data for the two groups revealed that yoga appears to assist in combating a number of serious fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain, fatigue, stiffness, poor sleep, depression, poor memory, anxiety and poor balance. All of these improvements were shown to be not only statistically but also clinically significant, meaning the changes were large enough to have a practical impact on daily functioning. For example, pain was reduced in the yoga group by an average of 24 percent, fatigue by 30 percent and depression by 42 percent.

"One likely reason for the apparent success of this study therapy was the strong commitment shown by the study subjects. Attendance at the classes was good as was most participants' willingness to practice yoga while at home," added Carson. "Based on the results of this research, we strongly believe that further study of this potential therapy is warranted."

As an outcome of this study and Carson's previous research showing yoga can be helpful with cancer-related pain, next June the OHSU Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine will be sponsoring a training course for U.S. and Canadian yoga teachers who want to build their skills for working with individuals who have chronic pain.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jim Newman
newmanj@ohsu.edu
503-494-8231
Oregon Health & Science University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Ming T. Tsuang recognized with NARSAD outstanding achievement award for schizophrenia research
2. Researchers reach consensus on use of deep brain stimulation to treat Parkinsons
3. AACR to honor leading researchers at breast cancer symposium
4. Medical researchers break down costs to care for heart failure patients at the end of life
5. Researchers Pinpoint Array of Obesity Genes
6. Research discovers how the deaf have super vision
7. UT Southwestern researchers create experimental vaccine against Alzheimers
8. Menssana Research Inc. gets $4.2M BARDA contract to develop breath test for radiation
9. La Jolla Institute to develop San Diegos first center for RNAi genomics research
10. Governor presents UH researcher with grant for cardiac device
11. Most Americans Back Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Poll
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Etymotic Research will demonstrate its ... Merchants (NAMM) winter trade show, Booth #2876, at the Anaheim Convention Center in ... the gold standard for high-definition, in-ear earphones. This classic earphone has been updated ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... education for EMS and firefighting professionals, has released four new continuing education courses ... courses are taught live in an online classroom and meet the requirements of ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... SensorInsight ®, an Internet ... in the U.S.A. to offer Internet of Things (IoT) solutions based on ... sensor deployments such as monitoring solutions used to detect potentially hazardous conditions in ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... , ... January 17, 2017 , ... Livionex, Inc., a ... of a double blind clinical study for its dental gel that shows significant reduction ... brand of toothpaste containing triclosan. The study was conducted at the Beckman Laser Institute ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies and ranked among the top US security companies for ... of Directors. This announcement brings a year-long independent board nomination process to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/17/2017)...  OrthoAccel ® Technologies, Inc. announces that the ... "The Effect of Vibration on Molar Distalization," a study ... S. Jay Bowman , this prospective, peer-reviewed clinical study ... Technology ® speeds up molar distalization rates in ... of days to move the upper molars into a ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... DUBLIN , Jan 17, 2017 Research ... Market in Healthcare Industry 2016-2020" report to their offering. ... The global fluoropolymer ... 7.19% during the period 2016-2020. Global Fluoropolymer Market ... in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... 17, 2017 Following an initial analysis, ... the Food and Drug Administration,s (FDA,s) final regulatory ... Products by Pharmacies and Outsourcing Facilities." In its ... on pre-packaging -- which would have put patients ... long term care (LTC) pharmacies.  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: