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Yoga may be helpful in treating chronic low back pain

Yoga may be helpful in treating chronic low back pain
From News Medical - June 19, 2017

Physical therapy has been recommended as part of treatment for low back pain for a very long time. Low back pain affects millions worldwide and may be short lasting or chronic or longer in duration for some individuals. Long term or intermittently occurring low back pain is referred as chronic low back pain.

Yoga is a form of physical therapy that involves practicing several physical poses, meditation and controlled breathing. There have been studies that have shown that yoga can actually help individuals with chronic low back pain. In 2013, Cramer and colleagues came up with an analysis of 10 different studies that looked at 967 patients in total who suffered from low back pain. Their study was published in Clinical Journal of Pain. The analysis showed that there was a strong indication that yoga benefitted these patients in the short term. There was moderately strong evidence of benefits for long-term effectiveness of yoga in chronic low back pain. The study then said that yoga could be part of the recommendations for additional physical therapy in chronic low back pain patients.

Coming to the latest study, researchers from Boston Medical Center, looked at the question if yoga could be comparable to physical therapy in treatment of chronic low back pain. For this study 320 adults with chronic low back pain were looked at. These participants were included from a university hospital and 7 community health centers. These centres typically cared for low-income group of patients and those from a varied racial background.

The 320 participants were divided randomly into three groups;

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