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October 10, 2010

Yoga can benefit childhood cancer patients

According to a new research study, yoga can reduce the stress of cancer diagnosis & treatment experienced by childhood cancer patients & their parents.
As per the research, parents & adolescents showed a decrease in anxiety & increase in sense of well-being following yoga sessions conducted at the Children' Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota.

"Yoga is emerging as an effective complementary therapy in adult oncology. Promising benefits for decreasing symptom distress including fatigue, insomnia, mood & stress resulting in improved quality of life," said the authors of the study. The authors explored a new area, focusing on childhood cancer patients & their families, noting that parents experience stress & anxiety because of the uncertainty of the disease & the suffering of their children.

Children in the study between the ages of 7-12 did not show any change in their anxiety or sense of well-being. However, adolescents between the ages of 13-18 years & the parents of hospitalised patients showed significant improvement. "Teens reported that they felt relaxed & calmer that yoga was fun," the authors wrote.

Parents found the yoga sessions were relaxing, allowed them to stretch their muscles & strengthen their bodies & relieved stress. Yoga lowers heart rate & blood pressure, improves circulation & oxygenation. It also improves muscle tone, circulation, pulmonary function, coordination & flexibility. "Larger studies are needed to evaluate the influence of yoga on other distressing patient symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, pain & nausea" authors added. The findings are published in the September/October 2010 edition of Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing.


S said...

And I've heard if Yoga is not done in sync with expert's guidance, it can go negative too .. is that true?

KShazyr said...

Yes, without expert's guidance one should not continue yoga.

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