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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Benefits of yoga in firefighters

    FirefighterPerhaps it defies your mental image of firefighters, but researchers from The City University of New York report their findings.

    First, the details.

    • 108 firefighters participated in yoga classes during work, in their fire stations over 6 weeks.
    • The classes included pranayama (breathing), asana (postures), and savasana (relaxation).
    • Most were physically active but had no prior experience with yoga.

    And, the results.

    • 77 participants completed the study.
    • There was significant improvement in the Functional Movement Screen, a 7-item test that measures functional fitness.
    • Improvements were also noted in trunk flexibility and perceived stress.
    • Participants also reported favorable perceptions of yoga: feeling more focused and less musculoskeletal pain.

    The bottom line?

    This appears to be the first study of yoga in this group of workers. Considering that about 1 in 3 failed to complete the study, the biggest challenge appears to be in getting firefighters to participate long-term.

    Otherwise, the findings “indicate that participants benefited from yoga,” concluded the authors.

    12/20/09 14:09 JR

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