2nd December 2019 | News

On Wednesday 13 November, CNHC attended the Yoga Therapy and Chronic Pain Conference at The Minded Institute. This event was supported by The College of Medicine and Integrated Health, which has an active interest in integrating complementary therapies within traditional healthcare systems.

The event programme had speakers from across the world and focused on yoga therapy, principles of yoga, mindfulness, meditation and a combination of techniques to provide relief for chronic pain sufferers. Each speaker discussed case studies, research, and in several instances, their own path to relief from chronic pain.

Raquel Chinchetru, CNHC registered Yoga Therapist, discussed her work providing Yoga Therapy as part of the Pain Service for NHS patients in East Sussex. Throughout her talk she cited several research projects that have been conducted to show evidence that yoga can modulate the experience of pain as well as other clinical conditions. She also discussed the Yoga Therapy Model for Chronic Pain and how it aims to target areas of pain, using Asana and Pranayama as a pacing tool.

All of the research studies mentioned in Raquel’s talk may be of interest not only to Yoga Therapists, but other CNHC registrants. With Raquel’s permission, they are listed below:

  • Carson, J.W., et al. (2010). A pilot randomized controlled trial of the Yoga of Awareness program in the management of fibromyalgia. Pain, 151(2):530-9
  • Saxena, R., et al. (2017). Effects of yogic intervention on pain scores and quality of life in females with chronic pelvic pain. International Journal of Yoga, 10(1):9-15
  • Yadav, R.K., et al. (2015). A two-year follow-up case of chronic fatigue syndrome: substantial improvement in personality following a yoga-based lifestyle intervention. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21(4):246-9
  • Vallath, N. (2010). Perspectives on yoga inputs in the management of chronic pain. Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 16(1):1-7
  • Zautra, A.J., et al. (2010). The effects of slow breathing on affective responses to pain stimuli: An experimental study. Pain, 149(1):12-8
  • Telles, S., et al. (2013). Blood pressure and Purdue pegboard scores in individuals with hypertension after alternate nostril breathing, breath awareness, and no intervention. Medical Science Monitor, 19:61-6
  • Dhawan, A., et al. (2015). Effectiveness of yogic breathing intervention on quality of life of opioid dependent users. International Journal of Yoga, 8(2):144-7
  • Bhavanani, A.B., et al. (2014). Differential effects of uninostril and alternate nostril pranayamas on cardiovascular parameters and reaction time. International Journal of Yoga, 7(1):60-5
  • Gupta, A., et al. (2014). A Fresh Breath into Student Achievement: Pranayama and Educational Outcomes. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention, 3(10):38-46
  • Nyer, M., et al. (2018). A randomized controlled dosing study of Iyengar yoga and coherent breathing for the treatment of major depressive disorder: Impact on suicidal ideation and safety findings. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 37:136-142