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 symptom relief. Yoga has become one of the options chosen by many to help alleviate menopausal symptoms.

Some reviews have shown yoga practices help with symptoms, while other reviews have shown no effectiveness in providing relief from menopausal symptoms. The authors note that most of these other meta-analyses included studies that that were not Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs). In light of this, the authors of this paper wanted a more strict inclusion criteria by only allowing RCTs in their meta-analysis.

TITLE: Effectiveness of Yoga for Menopausal Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

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PUBLICATION: Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

DATE: 2012

AUTHORS : Holger Cramer, Romy Lauch, Jost Langhorst, Gustav Dobos

Kupperman Menopausal Index, Greene Climacteric Scale, and the Menopause Rating Scale: Questionnaires that measure for total menopausal symptoms

ClimactericAlternate terminology for menopause

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Catherine brings to her role as a personal trainer a wealth of education and years of athletic experience with training in track and cross country running, gymnastics and rowing, boxing and yoga. She received a B.A. in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. She also holds certifications in ACE, FMS I and II, PRI (Myokinematics, Respiration), Neuromuscular therapy, FRCms, and FR. As an athlete she sustained several injuries, which led her on the path to study and understand the body and the mechanisms of healing. "I was fascinated with everything I learned. Throughout college, I worked with USF athletes as an athletic trainer in the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Soon I was able to transfer all of this knowledge into helping everyday people with their aches and pains." Her thirst for knowledge is never quenched and she continues to evolve her practice to stay up to date on the latest research and methods to help her clients with present injuries, pain, and best ways to acquire strength to maintain a healthy body. "I believe assessment is still key in starting with clients but stability, global strength and everyday movement are key to people's longevity, and quality of life. If people can slowly and systematically expose their bodies to different loads to gain strength and mobility they will better succeed to get the most out of their bodies." Learn more about Catherine Cowey.