Canadian researchers discover yoga really does reduce symptoms
Just announced this small study has determined yoga practiced twice a week for an eight week span had decreased symptoms of not only chronic pain but mental stress as well among women with fibromyalgia. The best part it parts feelings of well being.
Previous research has determined that women with fibromyalgia have lower cortisol levels. These levels could add to pain, sensitivity to stress and fatigue. However, this is the very first study to observe the effects of yoga on the hormone cortisol levels in women enduring this condition. Fibromylagia is distinguished by widespread musculoskeletal pain associated with sleep, memory and mood issues and fatigue.
Women are most likely to develop this condition more than men. Many women that endure fibromylagia also have tension headaches, TMJ disorders, anxiety, depression and irritable bowl syndrome.
In this study saliva of the participants had shown heightened cortisol levels among participants after a program of 75 minutes of hatha yoga, twice a week for a period of eight weeks. Participants also noted remarked decreases in pain levels and a mental boost.
Just last year the pilot program “Yoga of Awareness” had revealed that those patients with fibromylagia who had stretched and meditated just once a week displayed remarked improvement in associated symptoms such as that of pain, fatigue and depression. This study had appeared in the Journal of Pain. This newest study appears in the Journal of Pain Research.
Dr. Kathryn Curtis, PhD student at York University, associate faculty member and study’s lead author, remarks optimally our cortisol levels peak in around thirty to forty minutes after awaking in the morning and go down throughout the day until it is time to retire for the evening.
Past research had found women who had fibromylagia had less than average cortisol levels that add to pain and fatigue.
In 2010 an article which was printed in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found that yoga produces greatly larger positive outcomes on a person’s mood and anxiety levels.
Yoga is listed as an alternative therapy and has been used as such for a long time.
Yoga benefits a broad range of health issues that also include obesity, headaches and diabetes. Yoga is known for it’s exceptional of decreasing stress and its ability to help those cope with stress. It improves the management of stress both psychologically and physiologically.
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