Alternate Nostril Breathing: A Systematic Review

What’s This Research About? This was the first systematic review of studies about the physiological and cognitive effects of alternate nostril breathing (ANB), written by Dr. Shreya Ghiya. Pranayama refers to conscious breath modification by altering its rhythm, rate, duration, and depth. In yoga practice this breath manipulation is used to achieve a [...]

Yoga Compared to Walking: Effects on Mood, Anxiety, and Brain GABA Levels

What’s This Research About? Previous research has shown that yoga and exercise both have beneficial effects on mood and anxiety. It has also been shown that certain neurotransmitter activity, γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), is decreased in mood and anxiety disorders. Researchers wanted to test if practicing yoga is associated with increased brain GABA [...]

Does Yoga Improve Chronic Non‐Specific Low Back Pain?

What’s This Research About? This Cochrane review evaluates the current evidence about yoga as a therapeutic intervention for individuals with NSLBP compared to no specific treatment, a minimal intervention such as education, or another active treatment, such as exercise. Pain, function, and adverse effects are also considered. TITLE: Yoga treatment for chronic [...]

By |2019-02-13T14:09:38-04:00February 19th, 2019|Conditions, Musculoskeletal, Pain, Yoga Methods|1 Comment

Do People With Back Pain Use Their Back Muscles Differently Than Those Without Back Pain?

What’s This Research About? Some people experience back pain after standing for long periods of time (pain developers (PDs)) while others do not (non-pain developers (NPDs)). Is it possible that they use their posterior muscles differently? This study investigated exactly that by assessing whether or not there was altered muscular recruitment during [...]

By |2019-01-25T11:54:23-04:00January 29th, 2019|Conditions, Motor Learning, Musculoskeletal, Pain|0 Comments

Yoga for Weight Loss? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

What’s This Research About? At the time of publication, this was the first systematic review and/or meta-analysis available on yoga for weight management. Previously there had been little research on yoga’s ability to affect weight outcomes. The authors conducted a thorough literature search and found a limited number of eligible studies especially for overweight/obese participants. Twenty years [...]

By |2018-10-14T21:40:45-04:00October 16th, 2018|Conditions|0 Comments

Yoga for Menopausal Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

What’s This Research About? Three quarters of women experience menopausal symptoms including sleep issues, hot flashes, depression, and anxiety. The use of hormone replacement therapy which is often used to decrease symptoms has declined due to the uncertainty of its safety. This has left women with less options to choose from for [...]

By |2018-07-24T00:39:03-04:00July 24th, 2018|Conditions, Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Is Sacroiliac Joint Instability Related to Chronic Pelvic Pain?

What’s This Research About? Sacroiliac joint instability is one of the possible causes of low back pain and pelvic girdle pain. However, it is difficult to determine true movement of the SI joint.  This study measures movement in the SI joint using Radiostereometric analysis (RSA is considered a highly precise and accurate way [...]

By |2018-07-09T22:03:49-04:00July 10th, 2018|Conditions, Musculoskeletal, Pain|0 Comments

Hypermobility: A Commonly Overlooked Cause of Chronic Pain

What’s This Research About? The variability and breadth of symptoms of hypermobility spectrum disorders have confounded research and medical fields. Some of the confusion in the medical field is due to the lack of conclusive genetic testing, inconsistent nomenclature, or lack of awareness about the condition. In clinics this population often ends [...]

By |2018-03-18T23:22:51-04:00March 20th, 2018|Conditions, Pain|0 Comments

Can Isometric Exercises Help with Pain Relief?

What’s This Research About? The primary goal of this research was to determine if isotonic or isometric exercise was effective at inducing an analgesic effect within a physical therapy protocol. The secondary goal was determining changes to cortical motor function in the CNS directly following an acute bout of exercise. Tendinopathy can [...]

By |2018-03-01T10:36:39-04:00March 6th, 2018|Conditions, Musculoskeletal, Pain|0 Comments
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