The poses, breathing and meditation in a yoga class may do more than help you relax and feel centered. A review of evidence shows that it might relieve low Back Pain as well.
Researchers recently looked at past trials that tested how well yoga stacked up against other treatments for chronic low back pain.
The majority of the studies in this review reported significant improvements in the patients' ability and pain levels.
In some of the trials, yoga was more effective than standard medical care and led to reduced use of pain medications.
The authors of this review suggested yoga as a viable treatment option for some patients experiencing pain in their lower backs.
William Hanney, PT, DPT, PhD, of the Program in Physical Therapy at the University of Central Florida, and colleagues conducted the review to see if yoga could help patients with lower back pain.
According to these researchers, 84 percent of people experience pain in their lower back at some point in their lifetime. For some, this pain can last for months or years and can significantly affect a patient's quality of life.
Yoga, which is a form of exercise that focuses on postures, breathing and meditation, has been studied as a possible treatment for patients with chronic low back pain.
This review looked at 10 studies involving patients who had experienced low back pain for at least 12 weeks. Each of the studies identified yoga as a primary treatment focus.
Some of the studies compared yoga treatment to other forms of physical activity, education and other forms of medical care. (MORE)
Source: Huffington Post