HEALTH MATTERS, FEB. 26, 2020: YOGA THERAPY

Health Matters

Yoga isn’t just for people looking for relaxation in their life, it’s also beneficial for anyone suffering from physical or mental ailments.

Dr. Bob McKinney with the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences said evidence supports the idea that yoga may be beneficial for people with arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome or chronic back pain, along with other illnesses like irritable bowel syndrome.

“There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that yoga is beneficial for those folks,” he said. “But it can also be beneficial for people who are dealing with various mental health diagnoses.”

People with anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder may benefit greatly from the stress relief and muscle relaxation that comes with yoga, McKinney said.

Health Matters is produced with the help of the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences and University Medical Center.

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