Yoga Alleviates Symptoms Of Fibrolmyalgia And Rheumatoid Arthritis

Two studies have indicated that individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia who practise yoga showed  improvements in their symptoms. (Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain throughout the body.) One study was conducted by the Emirates Arthritis Foundation, Dubai, UAE among 47 patients (26 yoga patients and 21 controls). Patients who completed 12 sessions of yoga that combined exercise and breathing techniques improved in disease activity scores; however, there was no significant improvement on the quality of life scale (QoL). Another study investigated the effects of yoga on the QoL of patients with fibromyalgia. The results demonstrated that QoL scores were better than scores obtained before the yoga programme. Patients also exhibited lower levels of anxiety. As anxiety is often a key symptom in patients with this ailment, this study is a positive step in improving the lives of people suffering from fibrolmyalgia.

Comments are closed.