Yoga Led by a Physical Therapist for Individuals with Essential Tremor: An Explorative Pilot Study
Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy
Six subjects with ET completed an 8-week intervention consisting of weekly 1-h yoga classes (in the Vinyasa style) guided by an instructor (200-h registered yoga teacher, physical therapist, and neurological resident).
Five subjects demonstrated improvements on the Tremor Research Group Essential Tremor Rating Scale (mean 15.3%, range 8.3–34.7%). The mean improvement on the Fullerton Advanced Balance Scale was 10.8% (range 2.5–20%). Five subjects maintained pre-intervention anxiety levels (“very low”) while one reported increased anxiety secondary to a non-study related factor. Minimal improvements were noted in the McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire.
This pilot study offers support for further examining the benefits of integration of yoga into an exercise program for individuals with ET and specific suggestions for future research are offered. There were no adverse events with participation in yoga.
Vance, N., Ulanowski, E., & Danzl, M. (2018) Yoga led by a physical therapist for individuals with essential tremor: An explorative pilot study. Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 34, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.10.010