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Simple Science @Heart: Yoga improves balance, quality of life for stroke survivors

Published: 3:00 pm CDT, July 26, 2012

New research shows that yoga class twice a week can improve stroke survivors’ quality of life and balance.

Balance problems often plague stroke survivors and can lead to greater disability and a higher chance of falls. The researchers found that survivors taking yoga were more independent and less afraid of falling than those who didn’t take the classes.

The yoga students also were more optimistic about their disability, more confident about walking and showering on their own and felt inspired to visit friends.



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Researcher Information:

Arlene Schmid, Ph.D., O.T.R., lead researcher and a rehabilitation research scientist at Roudebush Veterans Administration-Medical Center and Indiana University, Department of Occupational Therapy in Indianapolis.

  • Sarah

    This is amazing!