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.
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.