Movement Therapies and Relaxation Techniques and Management of Health Conditions Among Children

This article explores the use of a series of movement therapies and relaxation techniques for management of health conditions among children.  The research looked at use of movement therapies and relaxation techniques in children for treatment of various health conditions, as reported in the 2007 US National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), and also examined variations in use across various sociodemographic categories. Yoga was used primarily  the control and reduction of anxiety and stress (31.4%), asthma (16.2%), and back/neck pain (15.3%).

The research suggests that early training on movement therapies and relaxation techniques can be seen as a useful tool that can help prevent or manage certain health problems. The article states that, in addition to an examination of their role in primary prevention, the use of movement therapies and relaxation techniques should be explored further to determine how these therapies work with respect to specific health conditions.

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Asana increase GABA levels

In this study, the authors compared changes in gamma aminobutyric (GABA) levels in the brain in an acute yoga session and a session of reading. Low levels of GABA are associated with depression and anxiety. The results indicate that in experienced yoga practitioners GABA levels increase after a session of yoga.

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Yoga, anxiety and stress

This article reviews 35 trials that assessed the role of yoga in reducing the signs and symptoms of anxiety and stress. 25 of the trials found a reduction in stress and/or anxiety symptoms when yoga was implemented. However the authors noted that many of the studies had limitations such as small populations, lack of control groups and lack of randomisation that make their results inconclusive. In summary, the literature suggests that yoga may help to relieve anxiety and stress, but further research is needed, with larger populations, longer duration, appropriate control groups and randomisation before yoga can be recommended as a treatment.

2012 Li The effects of yoga on anxiety and stress