According to an analysis of studies conducted on healthcare staff, physical relaxation through yoga or other practises can help reduce work-related stress.
The study’s findings were published in the journal ‘Journal of Occupational Health.’ 15 randomised clinical trials with a total of 688 healthcare workers were included in the analysis. The studies examined the effects of yoga, massage therapy, progressive muscle relaxation, and stretching on stress reduction and physical and mental health improvement.
In general, physical relaxation techniques reduced occupational stress measures when compared to no intervention. Additional analyses determined that only yoga and massage therapy were more effective than no intervention, with yoga being the most effective method.
Healthcare workers who engaged in yoga or yoga-like exercises scored higher on questionnaires assessing stress, physical and emotional burnout than their colleagues who did not.
“Stress at work has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and a variety of other serious morbidities. Our findings indicate that physical relaxation techniques can be beneficial in reducing occupational stress “Michael Zhang, MD, of the Southern Nevada Health District, is the lead author.
“Yoga is particularly effective and can be delivered virtually, which enables employers to offer remote options for employee health promotion,” Zhang added.
Stress at work has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and a variety of other serious health problems.
Employers should consider incorporating these methods into workplace wellness programmes to help employees cope with stress and avoid burnout, the authors wrote.
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