Mindful Yoga and Pain Processing in Fibromyalgia Patients.

The aim of this new study was to collect pilot data in seven female patients with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia to determine if initial evidence indicates that Mindful Yoga modulates the abnormal pain processing that characterises fibromyalgia.

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Sep 04, 2016
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27583935

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, problems with mental processes, headaches and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The causes of fibromyalgia remain unknown.

The aim of this new study was to collect pilot data in seven female patients with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia to determine if initial evidence indicates that Mindful Yoga modulates the abnormal pain processing that characterises fibromyalgia. Pre- and post-treatment data were obtained on quantitative sensory tests and measures of symptoms, functional deficits, and coping abilities.

The test analyses indicated significant improvements in heat pain tolerance, pressure pain threshold, and heat pain after-sensations after the series of Mindful Yoga sessions. Fibromyalgia symptoms and functional deficits also improved significantly, including physical tests of strength and balance, and pain coping strategies. Very clearly, these findings indicate that further investigation into the effect of Mindful Yoga on neurobiological pain processing is absolutely needed and necessary

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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