According to the American College of Rheumatology 1990 criteria for the Classification of Fibromyalgia are
(1) Widespread pain in combination with
(2) Tenderness at 11 or more of the 18 specific tender point sites(a) as a result in responding to pressure.
Yoga, the ancient technique practice for harmonized external and internal body well being, through breath control, meditation, bodily movement and gesture..... has been well known for people in Western world and some parts in Asia due to health benefits reported by various respectable institutes' research and supported by health advocates.
A study in comparison of post treatment data with 3-month follow-up data, from a per protocol sample of 21 fibromyalgia women in the immediate treatment group who had completed yoga treatment and 18 women in the wait-list group who had also completed treatment, researchers found that
1. Yoga group displayed a significant and positive post treatment results in compared to the wait-list group.
2. Both groups experienced similar improved results of 31.9% according to Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire Revised (FIQR) assay
Dr. Carson JW, the led author said, "Yoga practice rates were good, and more practice was associated with more benefit for a variety of outcomes".
More importantly, in the screened Clinicaltrials.Gov, Cochrane Library, PsycINFO, PubMed and Scopus (through December 2010) and the reference sections of original studies for meditative movement therapies (MMT) in FMS, researchers at the University of Duisburg-Essen indicated that
1. Yoga attendees benefit from many aspects of yoga lessons, particularly in pain, fatigue, depression and HRQOL
2. Yoga groups expressed less sleep disturbances and thiis effect has a maintained range of a median of 4.5 months.in compared to control
3. The participants Drop out rate because of adverse events was 3.1%.
4. No serious adverse events were reported in yoga group.
Taking altogether, yoga may be used as an integrated form of exercise in conjunction with standard care or alone to reduced symptoms of patients with fibromyalgia
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(1) Follow-up of yoga of awareness for fibromyalgia: results at 3 months and replication in the wait-list group by Carson JW1, Carson KM, Jones KD, Mist SD, Bennett RM.(PubMed)
(2) An eight-week yoga intervention is associated with improvements in pain, psychological functioning and mindfulness, and changes in cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia by Curtis K1, Osadchuk A, Katz J.(PubMed)
(3) Efficacy and safety of meditative movement therapies in fibromyalgia syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials by Langhorst J1, Klose P, Dobos GJ, Bernardy K, Häuser W.(PubMed)