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Yoga helps relieve Fibromyalgia symptoms
Tuesday 7 December 2010
Yoga helps fibromyalgia symptoms relief
Practicing mind-body yoga exercises, including stretches and meditation, may help women to manage symptoms of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome.
Previous studies have revealed that participating in “Yoga of Awareness” health programs may improve pain, fatigue, sleep and mood in women with breast cancer.
According to a study published in the Pain journal, both physical and psychological fibromyalgia symptoms improved in women taking part in the "Yoga of Awareness" program.
In more than half of the women doing yoga, the symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and stiffness reduced by 30 percent, the study found.
Scientists concluded that yoga may lead to decreased pain, fatigue, tenderness, anxiety and better sleep and mood in patients suffering from fibromyalgia.
"Exercise is often recommended, but many fibromyalgia patients find that exercise is too painful to continue or that the classes aren't tailored for them,” said lead researcher James Carson.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in muscles, ligaments and tendons. Most people with fibromyalgia also experience moderate to extreme fatigue, sleep disturbances, sensitivity to touch, light, and sound, and cognitive difficulties.
Women are much more likely to develop the disorder. The risk of fibromyalgia increases with age and the symptoms often begin after a physical or emotional trauma, but in many cases there appears to be no triggering event.
No cure exists for fibromyalgia and standard care for the syndrome includes medications accompanied by exercise and instructions on how to best cope with pain.
The above originally appeared here.
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