Yoga and Fibromyalgia
For sufferers of fibromyalgia, yoga may be highly beneficial. Yoga is one of the original forms of exercise and has been in practice for over 5,000 years. Yoga and fibromyalgia are a great combination. The easy stretches strengthen; and relaxation techniques practiced in yoga can help improve your body, mind, and ability to sleep at night.
A 2010 study conducted by the International Association for the Study of Pain published in the November 2010 issue of Pain indicates that women with fibromyalgia can drastically reduce the symptoms of their disease while improving body function with the regular practice of yoga.
The mind-body practice of yoga has many health benefits for those suffering from fibromyalgia. Yoga intervention can be helpful in teaching patients how to cope with the pain of the condition, learn how to relax, and learn how to adapt to their condition. Individuals who participated in the study indicated that they felt less isolated, calmer and saw their condition in less of a negative light.
Standard care for patients suffering from fibromyalgia generally includes medication along with exercise and classes on pain management. Research shows that the basic techniques of yoga – breathings, postures, mindfulness and meditation – can be applied to optimal coping for fibromyalgia patients. Regular stretching and exercise in fibromyalgia patients is also beneficial in reducing pain.
The Pain study indicates that 11 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from the debilitating condition of Fibromyalgia and only 30 percent of patients receive relief with drug therapies and only 20 percent notice improved body function. While more research is needed, yoga may just be the perfect complement to traditional therapies for fibromyalgia suffers.