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International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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Research Article

Comparison of Yoga Versus Static Stretching for Increasing Hip and Shoulder Range of Motion

Melayna Sager and Sylvain Grenier*

Human Kinetics, Laurentian University, Sudbury Ontario, Canada

*Corresponding Author:
Sylvain Grenier
Human Kinetics, Laurentian University
Sudbury Ontario, Canada
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Received Date: April 02, 2014; Accepted Date: June 17, 2014; Published Date: June 20, 2014

Citation: Sager M, Grenier S (2014) Comparison of Yoga Versus Static Stretching for Increasing Hip and Shoulder Range of Motion. Int J Phys Med Rehabil 2:208. doi: 10.4172/2329-9096.1000208

Copyright: © 2014 Sager M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Background/Purpose: Currently the most common method to increase flexibility is through static stretching, however yoga is rising in popularity. The purpose of the study was to compare yoga and static stretching to determine which is most effective for improving hip and shoulder range of motion.

Methods: Subjects participated in one of three groups, yoga, stretching and control. Range of motion was assessed on entry and 1 month later. An analysis of variance was conducted for comparison between each group. A p value of 0.05 was used to determine if the data is significantly different.

Results: Compared to the control group, those who participated in the one-month class, both yoga and static stretching showed significant improvements in range of motion. The yoga group showed a greater range of motion improvement that the static stretching group with a mean difference of 1.08902 degrees (p<0.001, 95% confidence interval, η2=0.224).

Conclusions: Yoga is shown to have a greater effect on range of motion at the shoulder and hip than static stretching in a healthy population. With further positive results, yoga may prove to have an important therapeutic role with joint restrictions.


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