Functional and physiological effects of yoga in women with rheumatoid arthritis: a pilot study.

Pamela R Bosch, Tinna Traustadottir, Paul Howard, Kathleen S. Matt

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

48 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

CONTEXT: Stress, both psychological and physiological, has been implicated as having a role in the onset and exacerbations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). OBJECTIVE: This study investigated whether neuroendocrine and physical function in women with RA can be altered through a yoga intervention. DESIGN: Exercise intervention. SETTING: University research conducted at a medical clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Sixteen independently living, postmenopausal women with an RA classification of I, II, or III according to the American College of Rheumatology functional classification system served as either participants or controls. INTERVENTION: The study group participated in three 75-minute yoga classes a week over a 10-week period. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: At baseline and on completion of the 10-week intervention, diurnal cortisol patterns and resting heart rate were measured. Balance was measured using the Berg Balance Test. Participants completed the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HIQ), a visual analog pain scale, and the Beck Depression Inventory. RESULTS: Yoga resulted in a significantly decreased HAQ disability index, decreased perception of pain and depression, and improved balance. Yoga did not result in a significant change in awakening or diurnal cortisol patterns (P = .12).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-31
Number of pages8
JournalAlternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Volume15
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Yoga
Rheumatoid Arthritis
ametantrone
Hydrocortisone
Depression
Pain Perception
Pain Measurement
Psychological Stress
Heart Rate
Exercise
Equipment and Supplies
Health
Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

Cite this

Functional and physiological effects of yoga in women with rheumatoid arthritis : a pilot study. / Bosch, Pamela R; Traustadottir, Tinna; Howard, Paul; Matt, Kathleen S.

In: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Vol. 15, No. 4, 07.2009, p. 24-31.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{ebd3865d1c2642989f571265fd966881,
title = "Functional and physiological effects of yoga in women with rheumatoid arthritis: a pilot study.",
abstract = "CONTEXT: Stress, both psychological and physiological, has been implicated as having a role in the onset and exacerbations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). OBJECTIVE: This study investigated whether neuroendocrine and physical function in women with RA can be altered through a yoga intervention. DESIGN: Exercise intervention. SETTING: University research conducted at a medical clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Sixteen independently living, postmenopausal women with an RA classification of I, II, or III according to the American College of Rheumatology functional classification system served as either participants or controls. INTERVENTION: The study group participated in three 75-minute yoga classes a week over a 10-week period. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: At baseline and on completion of the 10-week intervention, diurnal cortisol patterns and resting heart rate were measured. Balance was measured using the Berg Balance Test. Participants completed the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HIQ), a visual analog pain scale, and the Beck Depression Inventory. RESULTS: Yoga resulted in a significantly decreased HAQ disability index, decreased perception of pain and depression, and improved balance. Yoga did not result in a significant change in awakening or diurnal cortisol patterns (P = .12).",
author = "Bosch, {Pamela R} and Tinna Traustadottir and Paul Howard and Matt, {Kathleen S.}",
year = "2009",
month = "7",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "15",
pages = "24--31",
journal = "Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine",
issn = "1078-6791",
publisher = "InnoVision Communications",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Functional and physiological effects of yoga in women with rheumatoid arthritis

T2 - a pilot study.

AU - Bosch, Pamela R

AU - Traustadottir, Tinna

AU - Howard, Paul

AU - Matt, Kathleen S.

PY - 2009/7

Y1 - 2009/7

N2 - CONTEXT: Stress, both psychological and physiological, has been implicated as having a role in the onset and exacerbations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). OBJECTIVE: This study investigated whether neuroendocrine and physical function in women with RA can be altered through a yoga intervention. DESIGN: Exercise intervention. SETTING: University research conducted at a medical clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Sixteen independently living, postmenopausal women with an RA classification of I, II, or III according to the American College of Rheumatology functional classification system served as either participants or controls. INTERVENTION: The study group participated in three 75-minute yoga classes a week over a 10-week period. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: At baseline and on completion of the 10-week intervention, diurnal cortisol patterns and resting heart rate were measured. Balance was measured using the Berg Balance Test. Participants completed the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HIQ), a visual analog pain scale, and the Beck Depression Inventory. RESULTS: Yoga resulted in a significantly decreased HAQ disability index, decreased perception of pain and depression, and improved balance. Yoga did not result in a significant change in awakening or diurnal cortisol patterns (P = .12).

AB - CONTEXT: Stress, both psychological and physiological, has been implicated as having a role in the onset and exacerbations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). OBJECTIVE: This study investigated whether neuroendocrine and physical function in women with RA can be altered through a yoga intervention. DESIGN: Exercise intervention. SETTING: University research conducted at a medical clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Sixteen independently living, postmenopausal women with an RA classification of I, II, or III according to the American College of Rheumatology functional classification system served as either participants or controls. INTERVENTION: The study group participated in three 75-minute yoga classes a week over a 10-week period. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: At baseline and on completion of the 10-week intervention, diurnal cortisol patterns and resting heart rate were measured. Balance was measured using the Berg Balance Test. Participants completed the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HIQ), a visual analog pain scale, and the Beck Depression Inventory. RESULTS: Yoga resulted in a significantly decreased HAQ disability index, decreased perception of pain and depression, and improved balance. Yoga did not result in a significant change in awakening or diurnal cortisol patterns (P = .12).

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=68849132235&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=68849132235&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 19623830

AN - SCOPUS:68849132235

VL - 15

SP - 24

EP - 31

JO - Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

JF - Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

SN - 1078-6791

IS - 4

ER -