Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood condition that results in chronic pain, requiring sufferers to sacrifice their usual daily occupations to seek pain relief. There are no consistently effective medical interventions to manage the pain of fibromyalgia, and although occupational therapists have numerous modalities and techniques to address the physical sources of pain, they may feel frustrated and discouraged that patients with fibromyalgia have recurring complaints. Many patients turn to complementary and alternative medicine for help. Yoga is an excellent treatment for fibromyalgia because it does not compartmentalize the symptoms, and is gentle, nonjudgmental and provides a wellness orientation lacking in many traditional medical treatments. Helping clients to incorporate yoga practices into their daily routines may help them to take a more active role in reducing and managing stress and pain associated with this chronic condition.
The goal of this yoga and fibromyalgia program is to provide therapists with an understanding of the benefits of employing yoga techniques in the long-term management of fibromyalgia. After completion of this program, the therapist will be able to:
- Describe two yoga asanas (poses) for relaxation and two yoga asanas for stretching and strengthening in fibromyalgia
- Describe two pranayama techniques (breathing exercises) for fibromyalgia
- Discuss three advantages of adding yoga techniques for treatment of fibromyalgia to traditional therapy based on current evidence
Content level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Domain of OT: Client Factors
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
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