Research: GARFINKEL and colleagues,

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GARFINKEL and colleagues, BKS Iyengar Yoga Studio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA review (29 references) yoga as an ancient tradition which has been westernized and often practised for its proposed health benefits. Traditional texts describe its benefits for many types of arthritis. The authors describe two limited studies of yoga for osteoarthritis of the hands and carpal tunnel syndrome, which showed greater improvement in pain than in control group. Yoga uses stretching and improves strength so that it theoretically should be beneficial for certain musculoskeletal problems.





Yoga deserves further study into the basis for its cellular and physiological effects.


Garfinkel M and Schumacher HR Jr. Yoga. Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America 26(1): 125-32. Feb 2000.

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