Yoga for Lower Back Pain

New guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) say that one should try yoga before medication for treating acute back pain.

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Feb 20, 2017
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As you may remember, we posted very excitedly a couple of weeks ago about yoga's inclusion into the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's (NICE) guidance for lower back pain :) :)

....And now we have even more good news to share with you! New guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) say that one should try yoga before medication for treating acute back pain.To come up with the recommendations, researchers analysed more than 150 studies looking at what works and what doesn't when it comes to lower back pain.

The type of acute pain we're talking about is your "garden variety back pain you might get after shoveling a little too much or over-exercising," says ACP president Dr. Nitin Damle — not the kind of pain that radiates down your leg and causes numbness, or the type which results from a major accident.

The type of acute pain we're talking about is your "garden variety back pain you might get after shoveling a little too much or over-exercising," says ACP president Dr. Nitin Damle — not the kind of pain that radiates down your leg and causes numbness, or the type which results from a major accident.

So why risk side effects of medication, he says, if you don't have to? Why not try yoga instead; a growing body of research is pointing to its clear and far-reaching benefits for pain such as this!

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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

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