White Paper: Yoga Therapy and Pain-How Yoga Therapy Serves in Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management, and How It Can Do More.

Author: Pearson N1, Prosko S2, Sullivan M3, Taylor MJ4
11. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
22. Prosko PhysioYoga Therapy, Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada.
33. Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, Md.
44. MyRehab, LLC, Iowa City, Iowa.
Conference/Journal: Int J Yoga Therap.
Date published: 2020 May 15
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.17761/2020-D-19-00074. [Epub ahead of print] , Word Count: 148

This paper examines the role of yoga therapy in comprehensive integrative pain management (CIPM). The pain crisis is described, and how yoga therapists can contribute to its solution is explained. Yoga therapy can be an essential component of the multidisciplinary undertaking that will be required to improve patient outcomes and alter the trajectory of the global public health crisis constituted by an epidemic of poorly understood and inadequately addressed pain. Additional context and evidence are presented to document the effectiveness of yoga therapy interventions to support people living with pain. The white paper concludes by listing recommendations to providers, consumers, payers, and legislators, who together can address systemic and structural barriers to CIPM, as well as suggestions for enabling the yoga therapy profession to more fully participate in these solutions.

KEYWORDS: chronic pain; comprehensive integrative pain management (CIPM); nonpharmacological pain care; pain; yoga therapy

PMID: 32412808 DOI: 10.17761/2020-D-19-00074