Yoga for People With Chronic Pain in a Community-Based Setting: A Feasibility and Pilot RCT

Arlene A. Schmid, Christine A. Fruhauf, Julia L. Sharp, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Matthew J. Bair, Jennifer Dickman Portz

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The purpose of this feasibility pilot study was to assess benefits of 8 weeks of yoga in people with chronic pain. Participants completed baseline assessments and were randomized to yoga or usual care. Yoga was offered twice a week for 8 weeks. We assessed feasibility and the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) was the primary outcome, assessing pain-severity and pain interference on daily activities. Eighty-three people were recruited; 67 people completed the study and were included in the analyses. Average age of participants was 50.78 ± 10.43 years and most participants had pain >10 years. The intervention appeared feasible and there were significant improvements (P <.05) in multiple measures for the yoga group, including a decrease in BPI interference scores from 7.15 ± 1.70 to 6.14 ± 2.21 (P =.007). There was a significant difference in body responsiveness and pain management scores between groups at 8 weeks. It appears that yoga was feasible and positively influenced multiple outcome measures for people with chronic pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine
StatePublished - Aug 7 2019


  • alternative therapies
  • chronic pain
  • feasibility
  • yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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