Yoga is an effective therapy method for stroke victims hoping to regain balance, a new study from researchers at Roudebush Veterans Administration-Medical Center in Indianapolis shows.
The research team surveyed 47 male stroke victims with a maximum age in the 90s. The pool was split into three groups - one practicing group yoga twice a week, another practicing group yoga twice a week plus a relaxation practice and one receiving standard medical treatment.
After eight weeks, the two yoga groups reported having greater balance and flexibility as well as less fear of falling, greater independence and better overall quality of life.
Lead researcher Dr. Arlene Schmid said she wasn't surprised by the results because "because [yoga] is complex and includes the mind and the body, and helps to coordinate movements and breathing."
"Many of the [participants] stated they wished they had done this type of intervention while in the hospital or just earlier in their life. They were able to use the breathing and meditation to help decrease stress," she added.
The data appears in the current edition of the American Heart Associations journal Stroke.
by RTT Staff Writer
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