Increased pain tolerance in dental patients by Yoga with special reference to Pranayama and Bhakti Yoga

Acharya Balkrishna, Kuldeep Singh, Kirti Maurya, Paran Gowda

Abstract


Yoga practices to assess the pain tolerance   especially in dental pain when compared to control group. The bhakti yoga methods such as AUM chanting, Mantra Japa, Prayer and Meditation have increased the pain tolerance level of the patients.  Based on Cohen’s formula, the selected clinical sample size is 32 with and without bhakti yoga practitioners. The statistical ‘t’ test is applied to analyze the data by using SPSS. Significant changes in pain tolerance values are found at p<0.001.The findings are discussed and compared with the findings of other researchers on pain. The OHQoL – UK is compared with our percentage of oral health changes. The percentages are found to be both positive and negative effects on oral health. Based on these results, it can be said that Yoga is a non drug, non invasive and cost effective method which has therapeutic intervention and protective effects on pain tolerance levels. The beneficial effects of Yoga as seen in this study may be assumed that adoption of Yoga on long term basis. However, considering the small sample size, limited methodology, and the potential heterogeneity, further extensive, large- scale, and long term studies are necessary to support our findings.


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