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Laughter yoga a hit with patients on dialysis

30 November 2016

Renal dialysis patients have enjoyed a shot of laughter therapy as part of Logan Hospital’s pilot program.

Renal Nurse Educator Allison Brown said laughter yoga promoted health and wellbeing through a structured group laughter therapy program or session.

She said it was a cost effective, accessible and low intensity exercise that had been shown to improve mood and reduce levels of stress and anxiety.

“This has been successfully trialled in several haemodialysis settings in both Australia and worldwide and has been an initiative driven by department AIN Dawn Moyle.”

Allison said the Logan Haemodialysis Unit was privileged to welcome Merv Neal, CEO of Laughter Yoga Australia, who donated his time to lead the pilot Laughter Yoga session for Logan patients.

She said there had been many varied and wide benefits of laughter yoga/therapy including lifting patient and staff morale thus improving patient quality of life as well as creating a distraction for patients.

“The therapy also creates physical benefits such as a reduction of pain, stress and anxiety and improving depression.

“It is a cardio-vascular and aerobic exercise that contributes to increased oxygen to the body and helps increase blood circulation.

“It can help boost the immune system and stimulates dopamine, the body’s reward system creating and setting pathways in the brain.”

Last updated 9 December 2016
Last reviewed 5 December 2016

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