Fibromyalgia and Yoga
Yoga involves physical poses that are done with controlled breathing to promote relaxation of your mind and body. This form of mental and physical discipline began thousands of years ago in India. The word yoga was derived from a Sanskrit word which means to yoke or unify. With yoga, you unite your mind and body by focusing on carrying out quiet and precise movements that require balance as well as concentration. Uniting you mind with your body will boost your mental and physical health.
Effect of Yoga on Fibromyalgia
Stretching joints and muscles to their limits combined with relaxing breathing techniques will help reduce strain on muscles and joints. For this reason, yoga can be effective at helping to treat the multi-faceted symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Research Evidence on Yoga
Since Fibromyalgia is a collection of symptoms, the research that has been done on yoga thus far has not yet been for the treatment of fibromyalgia writ-large, but for the assorted symptoms specifically.
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Side Effects and Warnings
Hatha yoga is generally at least as safe as any other stretching-based exercise program. However there are a few hatha yoga positions, such as the headstand, that can cause injury when they are performed by a person who isn’t yet sufficiently advanced in yoga, or who has certain health problems, such as a detached retina. A properly qualified instructor can help you avoid injury, taking your own individual health status into account.