ArticlesA pilot randomized controlled trial of the Yoga of Awareness program in the management of fibromyalgiaCarson, James W.a,*; Carson, Kimberly M.b; Jones, Kim D.b,c; Bennett, Robert M.b,c; Wright, Cheryl L.b; Mist, Scott D.bAuthor Information aDepartment of Anesthesiology and Peri-operative Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA bSchool of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA cDepartment of Medicine, Division of Arthritis & Rheumatic Diseases, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA *Corresponding author. Address: Oregon Health and Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., UHS2, Portland, OR 97239–3011, USA. Tel.: +1 503 494 3660; fax: +1 503 494 7635. E-mail address:[email protected] Submitted April 27, 2010; revised June 24, 2010; accepted August 16, 2010. Pain: November 2010 - Volume 151 - Issue 2 - p 530-539 doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2010.08.020 Buy Metrics Abstract A mounting body of literature recommends that treatment for fibromyalgia (FM) encompass medications, exercise and improvement of coping skills. However, there is a significant gap in determining an effective counterpart to pharmacotherapy that incorporates both exercise and coping. The aim of this randomized controlled trial was to evaluate the effects of a comprehensive yoga intervention on FM symptoms and coping. A sample of 53 female FM patients were randomized to the 8-week Yoga of Awareness program (gentle poses, meditation, breathing exercises, yoga-based coping instructions, group discussions) or to wait-listed standard care. Data were analyzed by intention to treat. At post-treatment, women assigned to the yoga program showed significantly greater improvements on standardized measures of FM symptoms and functioning, including pain, fatigue, and mood, and in pain catastrophizing, acceptance, and other coping strategies. This pilot study provides promising support for the potential benefits of a yoga program for women with FM. © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.