Slow Yoga Relieves
Lower Back Pain Better than Conventional Exercises
slow-Yoga may help alleviate lower back pain according to a team from
Seattle’s Group Health Cooperative Center for Health Studies. They
assessed 101 adults with back pain and found those that practiced weekly
75 minute yoga classes made better progress than those that did not.
At the end of 12
weeks patients in the yoga group were better able to do daily
activities. These activities involved the back muscles. The other
group did standard therapeutic exercises. After another 14 weeks the
Yoga group not only reported less pain but also used fewer pain
The BBC reports
that Researcher Dr Karen Sherman said “Most
people have experienced back pain at some point in their lives,” and
that “unfortunately, the treatments offered by modern Western medicine
are only modestly effective."
Dr Sherman went on to say “we designed a study to evaluate the
effectiveness and safety of a gentle program of yoga for people with
this condition." These students learned 17 poses from viniyoga. This
is a Yoga style that is easy to learn and usually is adaptable for most
body types. Sherman recommends finding an experienced instructor.
It is interesting to note that previous studies indicated that strength
and stretching exercises were no more effective than other exercise
programs. According to this study that published in the
Yoga may benefit those with back pain.
Reuters reported that there are 14 million Americans practicing Yoga.
This is often done to treat chronic back pain. This is likely to be the
first study published that directly relates yoga to the relief of
chronic back pain.
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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