Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2014

Publication Source

Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies

Abstract

Lymphedema affects 3–58% of survivors of breast cancer and can result in upper extremity impairments. Exercise can be beneficial in managing lymphedema. Yoga practice has been minimally studied for its effects on breast cancer related lymphedema (BCRL). The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of yoga on arm volume, quality of life (QOL), self-reported arm function, and hand grip strength in women with BCRL. Six women with BCRL participated in modified Hatha yoga 3×/week for 8 weeks. Compression sleeves were worn during yoga sessions. Arm volume, QOL, self-reported arm function, and hand grip strength were measured at baseline, half-way, and at the conclusion of yoga practice. Arm volume significantly decreased from baseline (2423.3 ml ± 597.2) to final measures (2370.8 ml ± 577.2) (p = .02). No significant changes in QOL (p = .12), self-reported arm function (p = .34), or hand grip strength (p = .26) were found. Yoga may be beneficial in the management of lymphedema.

Inclusive pages

559-565

ISBN/ISSN

1360-8592

Document Version

Postprint

Comments

This is the author’s final manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 18, Issue 4, October 2014, Pages 559–565.

Volume

18

Issue

4

Peer Reviewed

yes

Keywords

breast cancer, lymphedema, yoga, arm function