Yoga offer relief for back pain

  • Yoga offer relief for back pain

Yoga offer relief for back pain

Also, majority were women, and attended yoga classes specially designed for people struggling with lower back pain.

New research finds yoga can be the best prescription for millions of Americans suffering from chronic lower back pain.

After the 12-week period was complete, both physical therapy and yoga group members regularly practiced these at home and also attended occasional sessions for the 40-week maintenance phase.

The researchers behind this new study now suggest that yoga may be an effective alternative to physical therapy, depending upon patient preferences, availability, and cost, with their conclusion coming shortly after another study published in February this year also found that yoga could help ease lower back pain, at least on a short-term basis.

In addition, 12 weeks into the study, those who completed yoga or physical therapy sessions were less likely to take pain medication than those who received only the educational resources. Research says it could finally solve your chronic lower back pain, too. The deliberation required in the practice of yoga can thus be said to be the most effective ingredient of its therapeutic use.

Enlisting the help of yoga instructors, doctors and physical therapists, researchers at the Boston Medical Center developed a yoga course specifically created to alleviate lower back pain. Those in the education group did not see a decrease in the need for medication. At the beginning, 70% of the participants were taking medicines and at the end of the study, the number of participants from yoga group and PT participants has shown the reduction in medication by 50%.

According to findings published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, they showed that participants in yoga and physical therapy groups had "similar improvements in levels of pain and activity limitations". The participants were assigned to home practice or drop-in classes for the remainder of the year. Participants who received education had an average RMDQ score decline of 2.5.

The skinny: Researchers assessed changes in pain and function using a 23-point questionnaire. That difference was 22 percentage points for physical therapy versus education.

"Any single treatment approach is unlikely to prove helpful to all or even most patients", writes Stefan Kertesz of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and his co-author, Douglas Chang of University of California, San Diego. "Yoga offers some persons tangible benefit without much risk".