Sure, yoga is good for the mental and physical well-being of a typical, healthy American adult, but what about those who have just recovered from a severe illness like breast cancer? Can yoga help convalescing patients learn chronic pain management?
According to numerous studies, it can. Yoga stretching benefits not only the hale and disease-free but those who are in treatment for or recovering from breast cancer.
A report published in the journal Integrative Cancer Therapies announced that breast cancer patients who practice yoga during their radiation therapy regimens tend to have higher levels of cortisol and better overall mood levels, compared to women who did not utilize the holistic system.
Another study, this one appearing in the journal Psycho-Oncology, noted that a 10-week yoga program helped breast cancer survivors improve their emotional affect and reduce fatigue.
Yet another paper found that yoga appears to give social and spiritual well-being a boost. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the report focused on women who had received chemotherapy for breast cancer.
That said, the authors noted that yoga appeared to improve mood and quality of life even among cancer survivors who had not undergone chemotherapy, indicating the versatility of the mind-body regimen.