Does Yoga Relieve Lower Back Pain?

I’m so happy to be here and honored to get this chance to share a passion of mine – Yoga. But this is a little different than usual yoga, I’m going to focus on Yoga poses specifically for your back. To have a healthier and strong back.

According to the National Institutes of Health, 8 out of 10 people experience back pain at some point in their lives.  Of the many ways of relieving this common ailment one of the most up and coming medically, emotionally, and spiritually is Yoga.

Here’s an excerpt from a 2009 article in the Harvard Medical School’s HEALTHbeat online Health Publication:

Yoga has become a familiar part of the health and fitness scene in the United States. Nearly 16 million Americans currently practice yoga. Another nine million say they plan to try it within the year. Although many people turn to yoga to ease stress and improve overall health, a growing number have specific medical aims and are following the recommendations of their doctors.

According to a study in the journal Spine (Sept. 1, 2009), yoga therapy can reduce pain and improve function in people with chronic low back pain.

The Spine study is the second of two randomized trials to test a specific form of yoga called Iyengar (pronounced eye-en-gar) yoga, which is based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the world’s most well-known living yoga teachers.

All subjects reported on functional disability, pain intensity, depression, and medication use at the start of the study, midway through (12 weeks), immediately afterward (24 weeks), and at a follow-up six months later. Compared with the control group, the Iyengar group experienced a

  • 29% reduction in functional disability,
  • a 42% reduction in pain, and
  • a 46% reduction in depressive symptoms at 24 weeks.

There was also a greater trend toward lower medication use in the yoga group. There were no reports of adverse effects.

Six months after the trial ended, 68% of the yoga group was still practicing yoga — on average, three days a week for at least 30 minutes. Their levels of functional disability, pain, and depression had increased slightly but were still lower than those of the control group.

Yoga is a great way to help maintain the integrity of the spine.

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