Group-Based Yoga Effective for Incontinence
(HealthDay News) — For women with incontinence, group-based yoga therapy is feasible and effective, according to a study published in the May/June issue of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery.
Alison J. Huang, MD, from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues examined the feasibility, efficacy, and safety of a group-based yoga therapy intervention for women (mean age, 61.4 years) with stress, urgency, or mixed-type incontinence. Ten women were randomly assigned to a six-week yoga therapy program consisting of twice-weekly group classes and once-weekly home practice and nine were randomized to wait-list control. Participants also received written pamphlets about standard behavioral self-management strategies. Seven-day voiding diaries were used to assess the changes in incontinence.
The researchers found that the total incontinence frequency decreased by 66% in the yoga therapy group, compared with a 13% decrease in the control group (P=0.049). The frequency of stress incontinence decreased by an average of 85% in the yoga therapy group, compared with a 25% increase in controls (P=0.039). There were no significant between-group differences in the reduction in urgency incontinence (P=0.20). All yoga group participants completed at least 90% of the group and practice sessions. In each group, two participants reported adverse events unrelated to the intervention.
"Findings provide preliminary evidence to support the feasibility, efficacy, and safety of a group-based yoga therapy intervention to improve urinary incontinence in women," the authors write.
One author disclosed financial ties to Pfizer.