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A yoga therapy program for AIDS-related pain and anxiety: implications for therapeutic recreation
Therapeutic recreation journal
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2004
Pages: 148 - 166
Source ID: shanti-sources-69386
Abstract: An evaluation study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of an 8-week therapeutic recreation intervention in reducing pain and anxiety. The therapeutic recreation intervention utilized yoga. Participants included persons with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) who were experiencing co-occurring difficulties with pain and anxiety. Pre- and post-session self-report pain and anxiety ratings were collected, as well as PRN pain medication usage. Findings, while hampered by limited sample size, suggest that yoga is effective in decreasing self-perceptions of pain and anxiety in this population and reducing their usage of PRN pain medication. Limitations of the study and recommendations for future research and practice are discussed.