Gentle Yoga Poses Ease Pain in Women with Fibromyalgia

By Splete, Heidi | Clinical Psychiatry News, December 2010 | Go to article overview

Gentle Yoga Poses Ease Pain in Women with Fibromyalgia


Splete, Heidi, Clinical Psychiatry News


Women with fibromyalgia who participated in an 8-week yoga program reported significant improvements on measures of fibromyalgia symptoms and function, based on data from a pilot study of 53 women.

The positive findings have become the basis of a grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health to fund a larger clinical trial, said lead investigator and lead study author James Carson, Ph.D.

Many fibromyalgia patients find standard medical care ineffective for reducing their symptoms, including pain and fatigue, Dr. Carson of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland said in an interview.

More effective treatments for fibromyalgia are needed, Dr. Carson said. "Exercise is often prescribed for fibromyalgia, but for many patients it is hard to find an exercise program that is tolerable for them. Yoga poses done in a gentle way may be a good option."

Dr. Carson and colleagues randomized 53 women who met the American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia in an 8-week Yoga Awareness program (25 women) or standard care (28 women). The program consisted of gentle yoga poses, modified as needed to accommodate conditions such as knee osteoarthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome (Pain 2010;151:530-9).

The primary outcome measure was the total score on the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire Revised (FIQR). After 8 weeks, the mean FIQR total score dropped from 48.32 at baseline to 35.49 in the yoga group (a statistically significant difference), compared with a change from 49.26 at baseline to 48.69 in the control group. More than half (56%) of the yoga group had at least a 30% reduction in overall FIQR scores, which is slightly more than twice the 14% reduction that is recommended to show clinical significance, the researchers noted. In addition, 50% of patients in the yoga group had at least a 30% reduction in the pain subscale of the FIQR.

The Patient Global Impression of Change (PGIC) scale scores for overall improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms were significantly higher in the yoga group vs. …

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