CF study #3: Yoga in CF patients
Led by John McNamara, MD, researchers at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota determined that yoga has a positive impact on children with CF, primarily by alleviating immediate anxiety.
Previous research revealed that children with CF demonstrated symptoms of depression, sleep difficulties, anxiety and pain. Researchers at Children's set forth to determine if yoga may help alleviate these symptoms using six one-on-one sessions with a certified instructor who customized each class based on a pre-determined selection of yoga postures. A secondary goal of this research was to determine whether the quality of life could be improved with yoga.
The most notable benefit in this study was the improvement of immediate anxiety. Participants expressed feeling more calm and relaxed after yoga. One participant expressed how, when feeling anxious at school, she practiced a breathing technique that she learned from her yoga instructor and found the method to be very helpful.
Team of investigators
Lisa Read, MPH, CCRP
Mahrya Johnson, CCRP
Heidi Vander Velden, MS
Laura Gandrud, MD
John McNamara, MD
Evaluating the Effects of Yoga on Children with Cystic Fibrosis: Pain, Sleep, Anxiety and Depression. Pediatric Pulmonology; supplement 34:547. 2011.