Kundalini Yoga for Neck and Back Pain
A new study, a randomised controlled trial in fact, on the effects of yoga, strength training and advice on back pain.
Wow! A new study, a randomised controlled trial in fact, on the effects of yoga, strength training and advice on back pain :)
Research has shown that non-specific low-back pain and neck pain are one of the most common reasons for sickness absenteeism. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of an early intervention of yoga - compared with strength training or evidence-based advice - on sickness absenteeism, sickness presenteeism, back and neck pain and disability among a working population.
159 participants with predominantly (90%) chronic back and neck pain took part. After screening, the participants were randomised to kundalini yoga, strength training or evidence-based advice. Self-reported questionnaires and text messages were completed at the beginning of the study then again at 6 weeks, 6 months and 12 months.
Whilst kundalini yoga was not found to reduce sickness absenteeism more than evidence-based advice alone in this particular study, secondary analyses reveal that among those who pursue kundalini yoga at least two times a week, there is a significant reduction in sickness absenteeism.