Research from our recent projects at Worthing and Chichester hospital, looking into the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for persistent pain
Through collaboration with the adolescent pain team at Chichester and Worthing hospitals we have gathered research into the ways that yoga and mindfulness have supported groups of 12 - 18 year old girls with persistent pain.
Outcome of Aim 1 - to increase participation in exercise and activity
The results below show how the levels of activity changed as a result of participation on the course. This is extremely significant because inactivity can lead to a number of other health issues including obesity and diabetes. The results show a marked change in activity levels, both for 30 minutes and 60 minutes of exercise.
Outcome of Aim 2 - to improve participation / involvement in a life activity
The areas of importance were personally chosen by the participants. The bar graphs below show how each participants view of their 'satisfaction' and 'performance' of their chosen areas changed before and after the course. This was assessed on a scale 1-10, 1 being not satisfied / able to do it at all, 10 being extremely satisfied / able to do it. There is a distinct improvement both in the way they see their performance and satisfaction of these tasks. The average change scores are:
- Performance = + 2
- Satisfaction = + 3.6
Outcome of Aim 3 - self management and reduced reliance on healthcare professionals
We are currently completing our second project with the Pain team at Chichester Hospital. For more information on our findings please feel free to contact us.