Yoga can relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to research from the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions. The full results of the study will be presented at the Symposium on Yoga Research at the Kripalu Institute in Stockbridge, MA, on Sept. 26.
In a pilot trial, researchers studied 14 women aged 34 to 64 years with moderate disability due to MS at the Still Point Yoga Center in Laurel Springs, NJ. The participants had been living with MS from anywhere between 2 and 26 years since diagnosis. Originally, 72 individuals volunteered to participate, but, for various reasons, some were ineligible for other medical criteria or withdrew.
“I was living independently, doing my job, taking care of my child and then I had to look to my parents to take care of me,” Paula Meltzer, one participant from the study, said in a press release. After the yoga program, she said, “I felt like I became steadier and stronger in my core. To be able to stand on one leg and feel balanced is amazing.”
Previously, there had not been much in the way of confirmed data regarding yoga as a viable MS treatment option.
However, after an 8-week trial, the participants saw improvements in various areas, including the ability to walk short distances and longer periods of time, balance while reaching backwards, fine motor coordination, and the ability to go from sitting to standing. Their quality of life was also improved in areas such as perceived mental health, concentration, bladder control, walking, and vision. Pain and fatigue were decreased among the patients. Continue reading >>