Yoga therapy may be used as secondary therapy and integrated form of exercise to improve physical and emotional well-being.of cancer patients and survivors, a US university study suggested.
Cancers are the class of disease characterized by cell growth disorderly and uncontrollably in the body.
Yoga, the ancient practical technique for harmonized external and internal body well-being, through breath control, meditation, bodily movement and gesture..... has been best 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.
In the review literature of general introduction to yoga and detailed of yoga research in cancer, 9 selected studies satisfied the criteria indicated that yoga therapy yielded modest improvements in sleep quality, mood, stress, cancer-related distress, cancer-related symptoms, and overall quality of life in cancer patients and survivors.
In deed, yoga practice with breathing and meditation was found to express a significant effect in induction of relaxation and calmness of central nervous system, thus reducing psychological symptoms caused by chronic stress by bring back the presence while dealing them in a positive way.
Additionally, long term yoga participated also found to restore the hormone imbalance caused by central nervous system in stimulated over production of certain hormones involved stress expression.
More interestingly, the study of 8 pediatric cancer out-patients (4 male; 4 female; Mage = 11.88, SD = 4.26) participated in the 12-week intervention consisting of supervised yoga sessions 2 times/week to determine the feasibility and benefits of a 12-week community-based yoga intervention on health-related quality of life (HRQL), select physical fitness outcomes and PA levels (PAL) with participants (patients and parent proxies) completed measures assessing HRQL, physical fitness and PAL at baseline and post-intervention, suggested that 12 weeks of yoga program displayed significant improvements in patients' parent reported HRQL, including, functional mobility, hamstring flexibility and total PA level (P = 0.02) in compared to pre intervention.
The improvements of physical fitness was attributed to yoga postures in enhanced stretching of muscle strength as well as promoted blood circulation.
Interestingly, the 12 weeks lesson also enhanced physical fitness in pediatric cancer out-patients as well as improving sedentary behavior as yoga program was found to utilize as a ‘stepping-stone’ toward regularly physical activity and the associated co-morbidities through balancing the expression of hyper-arousal or hypo-arousal of the nervous system in reaction to stress.
Dr. Wurz A, the led authors said, "Increasing rates of survival present a new set of psycho social and physical challenges for children undergoing treatment for cancer. Physical activity (PA) has been shown to be a safe and effective strategy to mitigate the significant burden of cancer and its treatments, with yoga increasingly gaining recognition as a gentle alternative".
Amazingly, according to the study of the effect of therapeutic yoga on child and parental reports of quality of life in children hospitalized with oncological diagnoses conducted a study of Six children participated in 5 yoga sessions over 2 months with The PedsQL 4.0 administered to each child and participating parent/caregivers at baseline, showed that physically, yoga therapy displayed a statistically significant differences in child perception of gross motor function through developing balance and flexibility in controlled body's movements.
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(1) Yoga for cancer patients and survivors by Bower JE1, Woolery A, Sternlieb B, Garet D.(PubMed)
(1) The feasibility and benefits of a 12-week yoga intervention for pediatric cancerout-patients by Wurz A1, Chamorro-Vina C, Guilcher GM, Schulte F, Culos-Reed SN.(PubMed)
(2) Feasibility study: the effect of therapeutic yoga on quality of life in children hospitalized with cancer by Geyer R1, Lyons A, Amazeen L, Alishio L, Cooks L.(PubMed)