Yoga May Offer Relief for Pain, Sleep Problems and Catastrophizing in FM Patients, Study Suggests

Yoga May Offer Relief for Pain, Sleep Problems and Catastrophizing in FM Patients, Study Suggests
Daily yoga practice may provide relief from pain, reduce negative thoughts about pain, and ease sleep problems in some patients with fibromyalgia (FM), according to a pilot study. The positive effects of this activity were higher in patients with lower anxiety who engaged in more regular, self-paced practice at home, the study showed. The researchers said yoga is a safe and gentle exercise modality that could work as an effective complement to conventional therapies used to manage FM. The study, titled "Impact of daily yoga-based exercise on pain, catastrophizing, and sleep amongst individuals with fibromyalgia," was published in the Journal of Pain Research. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School conducted the study, in which 36 women with fibromyalgia, mean age close to 49, completed a 6-week program of yoga-based exercises. The program was inspired by Satyananda, a traditional form of yoga that brings together elements of asanas (physical exercises), pranayama (breathing exercises), pratyahara (mind-focusing practices), and meditation (breathing awareness, awareness of senses, awareness of thoughts, and
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