Jacobs Journal of Yoga and Natural Medicine

Yoga Improves Multiple Quality of Life Domains for People with Chronic Stroke

*Arlene A. Schmid
Department Of Occupational Therapy, College Of Health And Human Development, Colorado State University, USA, United States

*Corresponding Author:
Arlene A. Schmid
Department Of Occupational Therapy, College Of Health And Human Development, Colorado State University, USA, United States
Email:arlene.schmid@colostate.edu

Published on: 2018-02-17

Abstract

Objective: We assessed the impact of yoga on individual domains of quality of life (QoL).   Methods: This was a secondary data analysis of data from a randomized pilot study of yoga for people with stroke. Participants were randomized to an 8-week yoga (2x week) or control group and assessed at baseline and 8 weeks. Due to including multiple domains and a limited data set, α was set at .10. Results: Forty-seven people completed the study (37 in yoga). At 8 weeks, there was a significant difference in Mobility and Social Roles scores between groups (Mobility, yoga 4.22±.65vs control 3.43±.95, p=.007; Social Roles, yoga 3.21±1.18 vs. control 2.6±.68, p=.058). In the yoga group, significant improvement occurred in Language (p=.059); Mobility (p=.023); Family Roles (p=.035); and Energy (p=.078). Conclusion: Stroke is commonly treated by occupational therapists and yoga may be a modality to include as a beneficial aspect of therapy.

Keywords

Occupational therapy, Quality of life, Stroke, Yoga

Introduction

Complementary health approaches (previously named complementary and alternative therapies (CAM)) are defined as practices and approaches that are of ‘non-mainstream origin’ and include natural products and mind and body practices. Yoga or therapeutic yoga is housed under mind and body practices as holistic and treats the whole person (physical, emotional, cognitive). Such a holistic practice is considered to be within the scope of rehabilitation, and specifically in occupational therapy (OT), the OT Practice Framework  (AOTA, 2014) and can be used as an approach to enhance performance.