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J Evid Based Integr Med. 2019 Jan-Dec;24:2515690X19863763. doi: 10.1177/2515690X19863763.

Yoga for People With Chronic Pain in a Community-Based Setting: A Feasibility and Pilot RCT.

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1 Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA.
2 Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA.
3 Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
4 University of Colorado, Aurora, CO, USA.


The purpose of this feasibility pilot study was to assess benefits of 8 weeks of yoga in people with chronic pain. Participants completed baseline assessments and were randomized to yoga or usual care. Yoga was offered twice a week for 8 weeks. We assessed feasibility and the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) was the primary outcome, assessing pain-severity and pain interference on daily activities. Eighty-three people were recruited; 67 people completed the study and were included in the analyses. Average age of participants was 50.78 ± 10.43 years and most participants had pain >10 years. The intervention appeared feasible and there were significant improvements (P < .05) in multiple measures for the yoga group, including a decrease in BPI interference scores from 7.15 ± 1.70 to 6.14 ± 2.21 (P = .007). There was a significant difference in body responsiveness and pain management scores between groups at 8 weeks. It appears that yoga was feasible and positively influenced multiple outcome measures for people with chronic pain.


alternative therapies; chronic pain; feasibility; yoga

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