Yoga effects on physical activity and sexual satisfaction among the Iranian women with multiple sclerosis: a randomized controlled trial.

Author: Najafidoulatabad S1, Mohebbi Z2, Nooryan K3.
1MSn, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran. 2Candidate of PHD, Shiraz university of medical science, shiraz, Iran. 3PHD, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran.(Correspond author).
Conference/Journal: Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med.
Date published: 2014 Aug 23
Other: Volume ID: 11 , Issue ID: 5 , Pages: 78-82 , Word Count: 212

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and disabling disease resulting in disabilities in young and middle-aged persons. In this study, researchers explored the effect of yoga techniques on physical activities and sexual function among some Iranian women with MS.
In this study, 60 Iranian women with multiple sclerosis (MS) were placed in two equally divided control and case groups through random selection to assess pre-and post-effects of yoga exercises on their physical activities and sexual satisfaction levels. Women in case group were offered a series of yoga training and exercises for 3 months, which consisted of 8 sessions per month for 60 to 90 minutes at each session. Yoga training program included the 3 principles of slow motions (Hatayoga), respiratory exercises (Pranayama) and centralization to control mind via meditation, expansion and stasis (Rajayoga). After 3 months both groups were surveyed using the initial questionnaire to evaluate and compare findings with the base-line data.
Researchers found significant statistical difference in physical activity and sexual satisfaction levels among the women in case group (P=0.001). Women in case group showed improvement in physical ability while women in control group manifested exacerbated symptoms.
Yoga techniques may improve physical activities and sexual satisfaction function of women with MS.
Multiple sclerosis; Quality of life; Sexual satisfaction; Yoga
PMID: 25395709