African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines

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Yoga Effects on Physical Activity and Sexual Satisfaction among Iranian Women with Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial

S Najafidoulatabad, Z Mohebbi, k Nooryan


Background: 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.
Materials and Methods: 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.
Results: 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.
Conclusion: Yoga techniques may improve physical activities and sexual satisfaction function of women with MS.

Key Words: Yoga; Multiple sclerosis; Quality of life; Sexual satisfaction

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