Pain Reduction from the Practice of Yoga


A new study published in the Journal of Pain Research concluded that women with fibromyalgia who practiced yoga self-reported a reduction in their physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain. In the study women practiced yoga twice a week for 75 minutes for eight weeks. Participants completed questionnaires to determine pain intensity before and after the study period. They reported significant reductions in pain and associated symptoms and psychological benefits such as feeling less helpless, being more accepting of their condition and less fearful of current and future symptoms. Previous research showed that women with fibromyalgia have lower-than average levels of cortisol that can contribute to pain, fatigue and stress sensitivity and in this study the saliva of subjects revealed enhanced cortisol levels at the end of the 8 week program.

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