Many studies have suggested that yoga therapy may be beneficial to many cancer patients, including mesothelioma patients. The art of yoga has been known to help relieve stress and to help strengthen your musculoskeletal structure. Yoga also has the ability to help boost your energy levels and to help improve your body’s circulation and flexibility.
What is Yoga?
Yoga helps strengthen and relax your body. This is accomplished through acts of breathing, poses, and meditation. The practice of yoga dates back to over 5,000 years ago. There are different styles of yoga and different levels of mastery that range from beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
Three common beginner yoga poses are:
- Downward Facing Dog
- Warrior II
- Cobbler’s Pose
Yoga Helping Mesothelioma Patients
Yoga can be used as a form of therapy for mesothelioma patients. By doing gentle yoga poses, a patient is able to strengthen their body during and after the treatment process.
According to Yoga U, yoga is a holistic approach to healing. It is emerging successfully as a method used to combat both the physical discomfort of cancer and the discomforting side effects that are associated with cancer treatments.
As a mesothelioma patient, symptoms vary depending on treatment. Many mesothelioma patients will experience treatment options such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
Some common side effects a patient may experience are:
- Surgical Pain
Many doctors will prescribe solutions to help patients manage their pain and side effects. However, adding yoga as a complementary healing approach may help a patient along their medical journey.
4 Benefits of Doing Yoga
Currently, there isn’t a cure for mesothelioma. However, researchers are dedicated to finding the best treatment options that they can offer, to stabilize a patient’s disease and to improve their prognosis.
Outside of seeking medical treatment, here are 4 benefits that have been associated with yoga that can be beneficial to a mesothelioma patient.
It helps clear toxins from your body.
By doing deep and relaxing breaths, yoga helps increase the oxygen-rich blood that’s delivered to your cells. This process helps deliver nutrients to your tired cells and helps clear out toxins left in your body from cancer treatments.
It helps reduce your stress and anxiety.
It is a method of exercising.
With peaceful and easy poses of yoga, a patient is still able to engage in some form of physical activity. Research has revealed that when a person exercises regularly, they stimulate their body’s natural defenses to fight cancer and other illnesses.
It’s a form of holistic healing.
Check out this video of simple yoga techniques that a chemotherapy patient may find uplifting.
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