Fibromyalgia affects millions of Americans, most of them women.
Patients have pain across their bodies along with fatigue. And they are
unusually sensitive to touch.
Treatments are often hit or miss.
Now a study finds new promise in a very old practice: Yoga.
Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University wanted to know if yoga could reduce pain and improve mobility without medication.
25 women went through a yoga program including light stretching, meditation, and breathing exercises-- along with yoga-based advice and group discussions.
After eight weeks, women who took part had less pain and fatigue along with better moods and more effective
Some women in the group were taking pain medication.
The study's authors don't know if this influenced the findings-- but they say their work suggests yoga could give some relief to Fibromyalgia sufferers.
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