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Benefits of yoga for chronic pain

Using video conferencing technology, including the VA’s recently launched web-based telehealth system -  VA Video Connect (VVC), Dr. Bayley and his team hope to better understand the feasibility of delivering an effective pain management tool to Veterans from the comfort and convenience of their home.  

Veterans with Chronic Pain

A new telehealth system has recently been introduced by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which allows patients to communicate with their health care providers from their home via a tablet computer. A program dedicated to Veterans’ post-deployment health concerns and unique health care needs lays an innovative approach to chronic musculoskeletal pain. 

Between 50-75% of Veterans report experiencing chronic pain, a notoriously treatment-resistant condition, that typically is managed with medications, but often includes the risk of addiction or overdose.  In recognition of the scope of this problem, the VA has promoted complementary and integrative health (CIH) for use in conjunction with conventional pain treatments. Yoga is a popular CIH approach and is effective in treating many types of chronic pain. The research is exploring relief from chronic pain in Veterans of all eras using yoga.  Learn more.

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurocognitve disorder with symptoms that typically include gradual loss of cognitive abilities including memory, reasoning, attention and communication skills.  AD is a progressive disorder, that develops at different rates and impacts activities of daily living resulting in people living with AD requiring caregiver support. Chronic pain is common in AD patients, and yoga has been associated with symptom relief and improved quality of life. We are enrolling patients diagnosed with AD in a trial of at home yoga for chronic pain. As the impact of caring for a patient with AD is substantial, we are also enrolling Caregivers in our yoga study, as yoga has been shown to help with stress relief that many caregivers report. Learn more...

Alzheimer's Study

Yoga to Treat Chronic Pain

The study is testing the feasibility of treating chronic pain with yoga delivered via the internet for people with Alzheimer’s disease, in addition to exploring the benefits of relieving caregiver burden.

Chronic pain is treatment-resistant, and medications include the risk of addiction or overdose. Yoga can provide effective treatment for pain, as well as some of the other common health problems in Alzheimer’s disease such as sleep, cognition, and depression. Yoga is endorsed by the NIH, the American College of Physicians, and the VA.

One of the challenges of providing yoga is the cost of classes, lack of transportation or time, reliance on caregivers, health conditions, and family responsibilities. To overcome these barriers to practicing yoga, the study is offering no-cost at-home yoga via the web.

The study is enrolling pairs of volunteers, people with probable Alzheimer's disease and  their Caregiver to pratice at-home yoga at the same time. There study does not require any inperson visits and is open nation wide.

All study participants pairs at no cost, will be able to attend 12 yoga classes with a trained yoga instructor, be provided with all the necessary equipment to practice yoga be loaned Apple iPad set up to access the internet to practice yoga.

To be eligible to participate you have a probable diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and experience musculoskeletal chronic pain OR care for someone with a probable diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease that has chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Study participants and their caregivers will each receive $200 each at the end of the 12-week study and will be able to keep the yoga equipment.

Contact the study coordinator Jason Greenberg at (650) 460 - 9528 to learn more.

Lyme Disease

The Center's for Disease Control repor that Lyme disease is caused by infection with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. The majority of cases of Lyme disease can be cured with a 2- to 4-week course of oral antibiotics.  Some patients that have contracted the infection, even if they were treated,  can sometimes develop persistent symptoms of pain, fatigue, or difficulty thinking that may continue for more than 6 months following treatment. When this cluster of symptoms persists patients are considered to have Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS).  Yoga has been shown to be efficacious in the management of PTLDS, and we are actively recruiting for participants with Lyme disease and chronic pain to participate in an at home yoga program. 

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Veterans Research

The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

National Institute on Aging, is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research.

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ILADS is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary medical society dedicated to the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and associated diseases. ILADS promotes understanding of Lyme and associated diseases through research, education and policy. We strongly support physicians, scientists, researchers and other healthcare professionals dedicated to advancing the standard of care for Lyme and associated diseases.