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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 167-170

Effects of yoga on tension headache


1 Department of Neurology, Narayana Medical College and Superspeciality Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Philosophy of Nature Cure, Narayana Yoga Naturopathy Medical College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Student, Narayana Yoga Naturopathy Medical College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Bindu Menon
Department of Neurology, Narayana Medical College and Superspeciality Hospital, Chintareddypalem, Nellore - 524 002, Andhra Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.117181

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Background: Stress is an important triggering factor for tension headache. Yoga is one of the effective therapies in reducing stress levels. Studies had shown that shavasana is as effective as electromyography (EMG) biofeedback in reduction of tension headache. Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate effect of yoga, namely yoga asana and relaxation technique on tension headache. Materials and Methods: Thirty patients diagnosed to have tension headache according to the International Headache Society Criteria II were included in this study. Patients were subjected daily to one yoga session for 1 month. Headache intensity by visual pain analogue scale (VAS) was assessed before and after yoga. Results: There was a significant reduction in VAS after yoga therapy. This study shows that yoga is beneficial in reduction of stress levels thereby reduction in tension headache. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that yoga has a potential beneficial role in treatment for tension type headache. Further, larger studies are required to substantiate its benefits.


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