Poor joint and musculoskeletal health are common problems among women that can cause frequent discomfort. However, not all individuals respond to medications that are available to help relieve these problems, and some people develop even worse symptoms as side effects of these drugs.
However, some alternative forms of therapy have been shown to promote feelings of wellness. One of these is yoga, although there is little evidence of what specific aspects of this practice promote feelings of wellness.
A recent study published in the Journal of Pain Research indicated that yoga may help balance levels of cortisol – a stress hormone – in women who experience chronic discomfort.
"Ideally, our cortisol levels peak about 30-40 minutes after we get up in the morning and decline throughout the day until we're ready to go to sleep," said lead study author Kathryn Curtis, a PhD student in York's Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health.
However, Curtis noted that cortisol levels are imbalanced in women who experience chronic discomfort. The study's results showed that participants who engaged in twice-weekly hatha yoga classes experienced more balanced amounts of cortisol and, in turn, feelings of wellness.