Restorative Yoga May Reduce Chronic Pain
Study review shows effectiveness of weekly flow and restorative yoga sessions.
Older women with chronic pain who participated in twice-weekly flow and restorative yoga classes experienced reduced pain and improvements in energy and social functioning. Texas A&M University researchers in College Station conducted the pilot study to evaluate whether yoga may be effective, since many older women suffer from chronic pain and are unable to do more strenuous forms of exercise.
Investigators enrolled 38 women to either yoga or a control group. Those in the yoga group practiced with a certified yoga instructor two times a week over 12 weeks for 1 hour. Classes consisted of 5 minutes of breathwork, 40 minutes of standing and seated flow postures, and 15 minutes of restorative yoga.
The study is open source and reported in BMC Geriatrics (2020; 20, , 400).
See also: Cultivating a Home Yoga Practice
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