Title

Clinical applications of yoga for the pediatric population: a systematic review

UMMS Affiliation

Center for Integrated Primary Care; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Publication Date

7-1-2009

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Behavioral Medicine | Health Psychology | Integrative Medicine | Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Pediatrics | Psychiatry and Psychology

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the evidence for clinical applications of yoga among the pediatric population.

METHODS: We conducted an electronic literature search including CINAHL, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), EMBASE, Medline, PsycINFO, and manual search of retrieved articles from inception of each database until December 2008. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and nonrandomized controlled trials (NRCTs) were selected that included yoga or yoga-based interventions for individuals aged 0 to 21 years. Data were extracted and articles critically reviewed using a modified Jadad score and descriptive methodological criteria, with summarization in tables.

RESULTS: Thirty-four controlled studies published from 1979 to 2008 were identified, with 19 RCTS and 15 NRCTs. Many studies were of low methodological quality. Clinical areas for which yoga has been studied include physical fitness, cardiorespiratory effects, motor skills/strength, mental health and psychological disorders, behavior and development, irritable bowel syndrome, and birth outcomes following prenatal yoga. No adverse events were reported in trials reviewed. Although a large majority of studies were positive, methodological limitations such as randomization methods, withdrawal/dropouts, and details of yoga intervention preclude conclusive evidence.

CONCLUSIONS: There are limited data on the clinical applications of yoga among the pediatric population. Most published controlled trials were suggestive of benefit, but results are preliminary based on low quantity and quality of trials. Further research of yoga for children by using a higher standard of methodology and reporting is warranted.

DOI of Published Version

10.1016/j.acap.2009.04.002

Source

Acad Pediatr. 2009 Jul-Aug;9(4):212-220.e1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2009.04.002. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Academic pediatrics

Comments

At the time of publication, Paula Gardiner was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

19608122

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