Case studies of Yoga for Pain

Chelsea came to Yoga for Pain for help managing pain and stress after cancer. Rather than pain management being hard work, yoga helped her to reduce her pain through relaxation...

Howard came to Yoga for Pain hoping for relief from the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia. He used the skills to help him get back into camping, fishing and photography....

Mums with fibromyalgia often feel guilty when they can’t do all the domestic and social duties they think they should. Here's how Kristy's yoga practice helped her realise she's actually...

When diagnosed with fibromyalgia Heather feared she would never again get to do the things she loved, such as her active work as an agriculturist. A regular yoga practice helped...

Fibromyalgia is now recognised as a valid medical diagnosis but it is important to first investigate anything else that could be causing your symptoms. It is also critical not...

Ellen was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 20 years ago. She could see that the constant background pain, tension and fatigue affected much of her life, including relationships, parenting and work....

Yoga Fibromyalgia and Music - Jill's storyJill had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after a series of stressful events.  She saw an opportunity to make big changes in her life, to focus on her wellbeing and pursue a new career as a marriage celebrant. Inspired by a Finding Yoga video about yoga for Fibromyalgia, Jill wanted to add yoga to her multi-disciplinary approach to wellness to help her exercise without pain, get fit and support her journey into new territory.
When Melissa’s rheumatologist diagnosed her with Fibromyalgia it came as a relief. Two years of referrals to various specialists and five steroid injections into her spine and hip had made no difference to her chronic hip pain. After her diagnosis, Melissa wanted a form of exercise that would suit her current abilities and that would build flexibility, decrease her pain and provide relaxation time. Melissa’s rheumatologist proposed a management plan that included a low dose of Endep to provide pain relief. Melissa’s GP recommended that Melissa attend Yoga for Pain to improve her function which would make the most of the positive effects of the medication.

Yoga for Pain helped Christiana with hypermobility and Fibromyalgia, by helping her to find stability in her joints and the strength to do the things that are meaningful to her....

Yoga and Fibromyalgia managementMaeve was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which she attributed to a back injury during her pregnancy. She wanted to be more comfortable and pain free than she was and to feel less tired, but was concerned that holding yoga postures and lying on mats would exacerbate her sacro-iliac pain and sciatica. Maeve’s musculoskeletal physiotherapist recommended that Maeve attend Gentle Yoga for Pain to help her learn to relax, move safely and manage her pain.
Ellie had been suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for 16 months. She found restorative yoga beneficial but wanted to continue to develop her practice to build strength, refine her technique, and establish a practice that suited her body.
Pudendal neuralgia and yoga with Vanessa WatsonVanessa was told she had Pudendal Neuralgia, which had given her seven years of excruciating pelvic pain that made it impossible for her to sit. Pudendal neuralgia is inflammation and compression of the pudendal nerve in the pelvis. While considered rare, it can occur after childbirth or trauma to the pelvis. Vanessa attended Yoga for Pain  (now available as a self-led course you can do at home) and learned to manage her pain, reduce visits to the physio, and do things she never dreamed possible.
Jenny wanted to take up more physical activity but was restricted by muscle and joint pain from sarcoidosis.  Her condition seemed to be exacerbated by being run down, and while she said she felt most well after a good sleep, she suffered from insomnia.  Jeni’s psychologist specialises in pain and recommended her to me.
John was experiencing pain in a number of postures in his Bikram Yoga class and wanted to know what was and wasn’t suitable for an ongoing problem in his back.  He had been seeing a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for persistent back pain that he attributed to twenty years of high-level sport and physical work.  John’s physiotherapist considered that John could benefit from an outside perspective on his yoga practice so that he could practice safely and in the most beneficial way for his body.