Research on the Impact of Yoga – Pain, Inflammation & Specific Conditions

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In this lesson, we summarize research findings related to yoga’s impact on pain, inflammation and specific conditions.


Be prepared to cite research related to yoga’s impact on pain, inflammation and specific conditions.


Cite research on pain: 2011 research showing meditation reduced pain sensitivity; a 2014 randomized control trial showing decreased pain and fatigue in people with chronic fatigue syndrome; a 2017 study showing reduction in chronic low back pain is as effective as physical therapy; a 2017 review of all randomized control trials published showing superior results with chronic neck pain; a small qualitative study in 2018 showing reduced pain and improved well-being in people with systemic lupus; a 1995 randomized, single-blind, controlled trial on carpal tunnel syndrome and more. Cite research on inflammation in general: 2010 research showing lowered inflammation-causing proteins; 2016 research demonstrating decreased inflammation and cardiovascular risk; a 2014 randomized control trial showing improvements in mood, fatigue and inflammation among breast cancer survivors; and a 2017 randomized control trial showing a decrease in pro-inflammatory proteins and increase in anti-inflammatory proteins. Cite research on arthritis, headaches and migraines, asthma, diabetes, neurological conditions such as epilepsy and MS, osteoporosis, scoliosis and other conditions.

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