Yoga has been used over the years to enhance fitness and relieve stress, but there is more to yoga than just helping you stay fit. According to a new study, yoga may contribute to improving the quality of life and ease the intensity of some side effects for men diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The Basics of the Research
Dr. Neha Vapiwala, the leader of the study and his team, sought to find if yoga had any impact on the quality of life and the side effects resulting from radiation therapy for men who have prostate cancer. Vapiwala got inspired by the studies based on how yoga benefited female cancer patients because more women practice yoga than men. Statistic s indicates that only 28% of men do yoga in the United States.
On top of that, Vapiwala involved heat therapy in reducing pain. More specifically, he used heating pads such as the ones highlighted at Free Your Spine on patients to apply warmth to the perianal area. The idea was to supplement yoga and by extension get quicker results.
The survey comprised 68 prostate cancer patients who were undergoing 6 to 9 weeks of outpatient therapy. Of the patients, 45 agreed to participate in Eischens Yoga for 75 minutes twice every week, even as they were undergoing treatment.
Eischens Yoga encompasses the ideas from kinesiology and movement theory. According to Tali Mazar Ben-Josef, a certified Eischens Yoga instructor, it is accessible to all body types and experience levels.
Not every patient made it through all the yoga sessions; 18 of the participants abandoned the program halfway due to radiation therapy and yoga classes inevitably scheduled at the same time.
The remaining men answered a series of questions throughout the sessions. It became apparent that their quality of life improved class after class. On not of that, their fatigue levels declined. Even then, their sexual health and urinary incontinence remained the same.
Vapiwala notes that there was a consistency in results among prostate cancer patients undergoing cancer therapy without any structured fitness interventions. He adds that based on the findings of the study, yoga is a viable approach to upholding the quality of life for men getting treated for prostate cancer. Vapiwala quips that the willingness of men to participate in the study dispels the notion that men do not participate in yoga.
The researchers insist that even though yoga has shown positive effects on men undergoing radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer, more research is essential before the practice is fully validated. Vapiwala and his team want to carry a randomized control trial of men with prostate cancer. This trial will involve comparing the effects of yoga for nonparticipating men.
It turns out; you can use readily available remedies to reduce the intensity of prostate cancer. Still, Vapiwala is quick to insist that these treatment options should not replace medicine and other therapy sessions. He also notes that you should talk to your doctor before embarking on heat therapy for prostate cancer.