Yoga can Alleviate Chronic Pain, Reveals Study

A new study in Canada has found that regular yoga practice can reduce mental stress and chronic pain. The study analyzed the impact of yoga on cortisol hormone in women having fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia, which mainly affects women, causes fatigue, pain, depression, sleep disturbances and muscle stiffness. Women affected by fibromyalgia tend to have lower cortisol levels which increases stress, fatigue and pain.

The study found that yoga increased cortisol levels and reduced the patients’ pain levels. The women also said they received a psychological boost by practicing yoga. This research was published in the Journal of Pain Research.

A previous study had found that yoga significantly improved the symptoms of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Another study reported by the Journal of Neuroscience had revealed that meditation can have a powerful pain-relieving effect on the brain.

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