Yoga May Help Women with Fibromyalgia Manage Symptoms More Effectively, Study Says

Yoga May Help Women with Fibromyalgia Manage Symptoms More Effectively, Study Says
Daily yoga exercise may help women with fibromyalgia manage their pain and other debilitating symptoms of the disease more effectively, a study says. Findings from the study, "The Impact of a Daily Yoga Program for Women with Fibromyalgia," were published in the International Journal of Yoga. Fibromyalgia is a complex condition characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and memory and mood issues. Treatment for fibromyalgia is challenging, and often consists of a combination of pharmacological therapies — antidepressants and anticonvulsants — and non-pharmacological approaches, such as physical exercise, cognitive‐behavioral therapy, and rehabilitation programs. Yoga is a form of physical exercise that combines stretching, relaxation and breathing techniques that have been shown to ease muscle pain and fatigue, and to improve mood and sleep quality. "Several elements of yoga may address chronic pain and stress among women with FM [fibromyalgia]. Focused breathing is associated with improved emotion regulation and meditation may improve symptoms in FM patients," the investigators wrote. In this study, researchers from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, set out to
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