Managing osteoarthritis: Comparisons of chair yoga, reiki, and education (pilot study)

Juyoung Park, Ruth McCaffrey, Dorothy Dunn, Rhonda Goodman

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The aim of this pilot study was to determine whether chair yoga and Reiki affect pain, depressive mood, and physical function compared with an educational program for older adults with osteoarthritis. Findings showed significant relationships only between physical function and chair yoga. In focus group interviews, participants expressed feelings of improved health and well-being after the yoga intervention. The major limitation of this study was the small sample size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-326
Number of pages11
JournalHolistic Nursing Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • Reiki
  • osteoarthritis
  • yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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