Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy

Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy
Open Access

ISSN: 2157-7595

Ryan TJ

Ryan TJ

United Kingdom

  • Review Article
    How Does Yoga Work in Lymphedema?
    Author(s): Narahari SR, Ryan TJ and Aggithaya MGNarahari SR, Ryan TJ and Aggithaya MG

    Lymphedema occurs when lymph vessel function is greatly impaired. The major cause of lymphedema is Lymphatic Filariasis and affects millions in developing countries. We used pranayama and yoga exercises as part of the integrative treatment for 2,239 patients affected by lower extremity lymphedema. Our studies showed that the lymph drainage achieved in these patients was plausibly because of breathing, movements coordinated with breathing and stimulation of autonomic system. Yoga offers a self-care management tool for lymphedema albeit there is lack of evidence that breathing actually achieves lymphatic drainage .. View More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2157-7595.1000135

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