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Holist Nurs Pract. 2011 Nov-Dec;25(6):316-26. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e318232c5f9.

Managing osteoarthritis: comparisons of chair yoga, Reiki, and education (pilot study).

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  • 1School of Social Work, The Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA.


The aim of this pilot study was to determine whether chair yoga and Reiki affect pain, depressive mood, and physical function compared with an educational program for older adults with osteoarthritis. Findings showed significant relationships only between physical function and chair yoga. In focus group interviews, participants expressed feelings of improved health and well-being after the yoga intervention. The major limitation of this study was the small sample size.

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