Yoga 'helps stroke patients regain their balance'

31 July 2012

People who have suffered a stroke can help to regain their balance by taking part in regular yoga classes, a new study has suggested.

Research carried out by Indiana University in the US analysed 47 people who has experienced a stroke in the previous six months before the study began and divided them into three groups, two of which did yoga, with participants in the other receiving standard rehabilitation.

The experts found that people who did yoga not only had better balance, but less fear of falling over and a greater sense of independence and happiness in general.

Study leader Arlene Schmid, assistant professor of occupational medicine at the university, said that some stroke patients only receive rehabilitation for six months, even though the brain still can change and adapt after that time.

"The study demonstrated that with some assistance, even chronic stroke patients with significant paralysis on one side can manage to do modified yoga poses," she added.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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