The Benefits of Yoga for Stroke
In this systematic review and meta-analysis, the potential benefits of yoga in chronic stroke care are explored.
Systematic reviews, where researchers pull together all the research in a particular area and analyse it over-archingly, are extraordinarily highly-esteemed in the scientific community, and with very good reason. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, the potential benefits of yoga in chronic stroke care are explored.
The search yielded five eligible papers from four randomised controlled trials (the gold standard in terms of singular studies). Yoga was found to be beneficial in reducing state anxiety symptoms and depression in the intervention group compared to the control group. Consistent but non statistically significant improvements were demonstrated for balance, trait anxiety, and overall quality of life.
Researchers have concluded that yoga may be effective for ameliorating some of the long-term consequences of stroke. Large well-designed randomised controlled trials are needed to confirm these findings.
Fancy conducting a bit of research anyone! :) !