A small study found that a particular yoga program eased some of the physical and psychological symptoms associated with breast cancer treatment. The women in the study who didn't participate in the yoga program didn't have the same relief.
The study was designed to see if the Yoga of Awareness program could ease hot flashes in women treated for early-stage breast cancer. The researchers found that the women in this special yoga program also got relief from other bothersome menopausal symptoms such as joint pains and sleeping problems.
The Yoga of Awareness program includes meditation, visualization, and stress management, as well as breathing exercises and holding yoga postures. Many other yoga programs mainly focus on breathing and postures. The Yoga of Awareness program approach may have contributed to the benefits the women experienced.
Yoga is one of many different complementary medicine techniques that have been shown to improve quality of life during and after breast cancer treatment. In the breastcancer.org Complementary Medicine section, you can learn more about these various techniques including:
- what to expect
- how to find a qualified practitioner
- important things to consider before trying a technique
Stay tuned to breastcancer.org for the latest updates on how complementary medicine techniques can help women diagnosed with breast cancer.