Yoga Beneficial for Lower Back Pain

Cochrane review finds that yoga is beneficial for lower back pain.

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Cochrane works collaboratively with contributors around the world to produce authoritative, relevant, and reliable evidence, in the form of Cochrane Reviews.

Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care resources.

We were delighted, therefore, to see this new Cochrane review released this month looking at yoga treatment for chronic non-specific back pain! Cochrane researchers searched medical databases for trials comparing yoga to any other treatment or to no treatment in adults. They also included trials comparing yoga added to other treatments, versus those other treatments alone. An impressive 12 trials with 1080 participants were included; Seven studies were carried out in the USA, three studies were carried out in India, and two studies were carried out in the UK. All studies measured changes in back-related function or pain.

What Cochrane found needs to be shouted from the rooftops! Researchers concluded that there is low- to moderate-certainty evidence that yoga compared to non-exercise controls results in small to moderate improvements in back-related function at three and six months. Yoga may also be slightly more effective for pain at three and six months, however the effect size did not meet predefined levels of minimum clinical importance. Importantly, yoga is not associated with serious adverse events.

To read in detail about the myriad of positive results found by this review, please visit the link below.

Namaste and have a wonderful week everyone.

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