First Advisor

Gary Brodowicz

Date of Publication

Summer 7-31-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Studies


Community Health




Spinal cord -- Wounds and injuries -- Patients -- Rehabilitation -- Case studies, Paraplegics -- Rehabilitation -- Case studies, Yoga -- Psychological aspects -- Case studies, Yoga -- Health aspects -- Case studies



Physical Description

1 online resource (v, 52 pages)


The purpose of this study was to document the effects that a regular yoga therapy practice has on the quality of life for a paraplegic individual. Due to the unique nature of spinal cord injury (SCI), this was a case study with one participant. For 5 weeks the subject practiced a standardized yoga routine three times a week with a yoga teacher, receiving private instruction. Interview questions were asked before and after the intervention to document the participant's quality of life. Each week, the subject completed a modified SF-36 questionnaire as well as Cohen's Perceived Stress Survey. Perceived pain and perceived stress were the two primary variables monitored in the study. The results of this study demonstrated a slight reduction in perceived stress, a reduction in perceived pain, and an improvement in overall quality of life. Additionally, the subject increased her strength significantly from the beginning to the end of the study. Based on the findings in this study, it appears that a regular adapted yoga routine is beneficial for paraplegic individuals.


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