Americans are wild about yoga. At last count, almost 16 million adults admitted to using the holistic healing regimen now and then, according to a survey conducted by the Yoga Journal. But while many people take mind-body classes as a way to relax, plenty of others rely on yoga for health and healing.
In fact, the American Physical Therapy Association states that yoga is quite often used as a supplemental treatment for individuals who are recovering from injury, stroke or illness.
The organization recently pointed to a widely publicized study appearing in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, which found that yoga and stretching can reduce the severity of lower back problems.
That’s not all it can do. Research published in the journal Physical Therapy determined that yoga-based therapies may help individuals recover some of their muscular coordination after a stroke.
Another paper, this one included in the Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, found that yoga exercises can ease the pain and discomfort of fibromyalgia.
One might even expect Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords to be using yoga in her physical therapy sessions. While she is not, she told ABC News that she used to be a fanatic for yoga classes in Arizona.