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Yoga helps reduce work-related stress


Physical relaxation through yoga or other practices can help reduce work-related stress, according to an analysis of studies conducted in healthcare staff.  

The analysis, which is published in the Journal of Occupational Health, included 15 randomized clinical trials with a total of 688 healthcare workers. The studies examined the effects of yoga, massage therapy, progressive muscle relaxation, and stretching on alleviating stress and improving physical and mental health.  

Overall, the physical relaxation methods reduced measures of occupational stress compared with no intervention. More detailed analyses indicated that only yoga and massage therapy were more effective than no intervention, with yoga being the best method. 

“Work-related stress has been linked with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and other serious causes of morbidity. Our results suggest that physical relaxation methods are helpful in reducing occupational stress,” said lead author Michael Zhang, MD, of the Southern Nevada Health District. “Yoga is particularly effective and can be delivered virtually, making it convenient for employers to offer distance options to promote worker health.”

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The Journal of Occupational Health (JOH) is the official English language open access journal of the Japan Society for Occupational Health with the aim of publishing original contributions relevant to occupational health. The scope of the journal is broad, covering toxicology, ergonomics, psychosocial factors and other relevant health issues of workers, with special emphasis on the current developments in occupational health. The JOH also accepts various methodologies that are relevant to investigation of occupational health risk factors and exposures, such as large-scale epidemiological studies, human studies employing biological techniques and fundamental experiments on animals, and also welcomes submissions concerning occupational health practices and related issues. The JOH publishes original articles, review articles, brief reports, case studies, field studies, opinions or recommendations, and letters to the editor.

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