Cost-Effectiveness of Yoga for Lower Back Pain

It is fantastic to see a new study looking at the cost-effectiveness of non-invasive and non-pharmacological interventions for lower back pain.

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Cost effectiveness is one of the huge buzz words, understandably, in the NHS at the moment. No matter how beneficial a therapy or practice is deemed to be, if it is not cost-effective it is unlikely to make its way into NHS recommendations.

It is fantastic to see, therefore, a new study looking at the cost-effectiveness of non-invasive and non-pharmacological interventions for lower back pain. In this systematic review of thirty-three studies, interventions were categorised as: (1) combined physical exercise and psychological therapy, (2) physical exercise therapy only, (3) information and education, and (4) manual therapy. In review, the identified evidence suggests that combined physical and psychological treatments, medical yoga, information and education programmes, spinal manipulation and acupuncture are likely to be cost-effective options for lower back pain. Interestingly, yoga came out as being cost-effective whilst group exercise did not.

Yoga is beneficial for lower back pain in a plethora of ways encompassing both physical and emotional health...and it is cost effective too! We eagerly await the day when yoga is available on prescription both for lower back pain and a range of other ailments.

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS