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Yoga and Stroke Outcomes
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How would you answer this question?
Stroke patients who attended an eight week yoga class in addition to rehabilitation had what outcomes?
a. Improvement in balance.
b. Increased independence.
c. Less fear of falling
d. All of the above.
The correct answer is "d" all of the above.
Adding yoga to standard rehabilitation for stroke improved static and dynamic balance resulting in increased independence, less fear of falling, and improved quality of life according to a study by Dr. Schmid and colleagues.
In earlier studies, muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance were improved with yoga. In other studies, yoga was shown to improve chronic back pain and reduce the frequency of atrial fibrillation episodes. Yoga is a widely available and inexpensive intervention that can be offered in the hospital or community setting. Nurses should suggest yoga as an adjunct to rehabilitation for their patients with stroke.
From: Schmid, A.A., et al. (2012). Poststroke balance improves with yoga. Stroke, DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.112.658211.
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