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Sophonie Desroches: Yoga's Effects on the Lives of Patients with Chronic Pain Compared to Physical Therapy and Non-exercise



In this presentation, I am reviewing the research on the effects of yoga on patients with chronic pain therapy compared to the effects of non-exercise or physical therapy. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain and its other effects such as depression, anxiety, and stress. This research will allow me to further educate myself and others about the field of physical therapy. It will also reveal the best treatment for patients that will improve their quality of living so that physical therapists can make a change for the better. I will cover how yoga develops better body functionality, aids patients in coping with pain psychologically, and is cost-effective. I will also explore the several arguments against yoga' s effects. In the end, I hope this research will contribute to achieving Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

   About the Author-

Sophonie Desroches is a second-year student at Miami Dade College- North Campus, where she is pursuing an Associates of Arts in Pre-Physical Therapy. She has done her research on the effects of yoga on patients with chronic pain to learn more about the field of physical therapy and how to improve the quality of life for others. After completing her studies at MDC, Sophonie plans on going to the University of Florida to study Health Sciences with a specialization in Physical Therapy, apply to graduate school, and progress toward a career as a physical therapist.

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