Managing Fibromyalgia With Yoga - OT18

Managing Fibromyalgia With Yoga

by Sindhu Narayan, OT/L
(4.4 / 195 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


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
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Client Factors
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
Accreditation Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 12/4/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/3/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/3/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Grace S - Auburn, MA  ·  Jan 04, 2017
After reading this I would recommend yoga to someone experiencing fibromyalgia. It actually makes me want to sign up for a class myself because of the health benefits.
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CLAIRE V - HENDERSON, NV  ·  Nov 14, 2016
I think it gives a great overall of the application of yoga in caring for these patients. It also educated me regarding the option of yoga as well as its components so that I can appropriately recommend it as a treatment vehicle and adjunct to the services I provide.
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Marcia G - Milton, MA  ·  Sep 07, 2016
This very clearly summarizes the interface of traditional "exercises" with 'yoga exercises". It explains how the focus and intention is more client-centered and easily modified to each individual. It focuses on the integration of tradition approaches with a more holistic integrative approach of yoga as defined primarily with breathing, and postures. As a certified yoga teacher i found the description clear and concise with no great "magic" or promises---but I have used in my practice and find very effective.
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Teresa B - Troy, AL  ·  Sep 02, 2016
very informative and useful incorporating a holistic approach to fibromyalgia
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Brittney H - Tempe, AZ  ·  Jul 15, 2016
A start to adding yoga to OT practice
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Price: $19.00
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