A team from Deakin University’s School of Psychology is investigating whether a holistic approach can relieve the debilitating symptoms of the disease and improve well-being with yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and education. have the potential to improve.
Endometriosis, a disease in which the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus, affects approximately 830,000 Australians, with the most common symptoms including pelvic pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression and poor quality of life There are.
Alesha Parigi, a research fellow at the Deakins Mind-Body Research in Health Laboratory (MIRTH), said the study, which is a collaboration between researchers and clinicians from Barwon Health, Monash Health, Epworth Healthcare and the University of South Australia, with the support of the medical team. The Research Future Fund will compare three types of therapy.
“Our eight-week program is currently completely online, so we can reach people with endometriosis across the country,” Ms Parigi said.
Participants need to be diagnosed with endometriosis and have been in pain for at least six months. They will also need to be at least 18 years old, not currently pregnant, have no major physical problems or injuries, and have not recently completed a course of physician-led yoga or CBT.
Historically, endometriosis has been an under-recognized disease and medical treatment options include pain medication, hormone therapy, and surgery, but many people continue to experience pain and significant effects on their quality of life.
Geelong gynecologist and study investigator Dr Marilla Druitt said it was well known that a purely biomedical approach to persistent pain was insufficient.
“Small studies examining the effects of mind-body interventions on pain and mental health have shown promise and the current study aims to replicate these results on a larger scale,” Dr Druit said.
“This study has the potential to change the health care landscape by providing more options for people with endometriosis.
“There is a need for greater awareness, empathy, and options for health care that do not rely solely on surgery and pain medication,” Dr Druitt said.
Ocean Grove-based yoga therapist Jill Harris, who has been giving yoga sessions for the trial, said that when applied therapeutically, yoga offered strategies to reduce discomfort and bring about a more positive state of mind. .
“Yoga creates a connection to the breath and movement. It can change the mental and physical patterns of restriction and holding that we may unconsciously create,” said Ms. Harris.
“When the body feels relaxed, the mind feels more relaxed. Negative patterns can be replaced with positive patterns with regular practice.”