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  Oct 16, 2018

Fibromyalgia and Yoga

Fibromyalgia is a common widespread pain condition with several associated symptoms including headaches, fatigue, sleep problems, irritable bowel syndrome etc. Exercise is one of the best strategic approaches to this incurable condition.

Exercise helps improve symptoms, self efficacy and improves overall quality of life. Yoga is an ancient Indian form of exercise.

To be effective the yoga therapist needs to create an awareness of specific fibromyalgia symptoms s well as the co-existing conditions.

For example, the therapist teaches the patient that disturbed sleep increases pain, pain reduces functional capacities and poor functioning increases depression and anxiety.

Patient is educated that addressing one of the symptoms may lead to meaningful improvements in other symptoms as well.

Yoga for pain and stiffness

Yoga positions should be chosen carefully so as not to aggravate the symptoms of pain. Exercise-induced pain in fibromyalgia patients is common. The exercise program should thus be gradual.

In most patients Vinyasa (flowing yoga) at a slower pace than used in general population is chosen. Calming postures such as balasana (child’s pose) should be chosen when the yoga becomes uncomforta