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Yoga Improves Function for People Who Suffer from Chronic Back Pain

SUMMARY: The ancient practice of yoga can be beneficial for those suffering from chronic back pain, improving overall movement and function.
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Yet another benefit of the ancient practice of Yoga has been revealed. A new British study found that yoga can improve back function for those who suffer from chronic back pain. The details of the analysis were recently published in the .

Regarding the study findings, lead author Helen E. Tilbrook of the University of New York’s department of health sciences in Heslington, England stated, “Our results showed that yoga can provide both short and long-term benefits to those suffering from chronic or recurrent back pain, without any serious side effects.”

The results of the study support the findings of another recent study conducted by U.S. researchers from the University of Washington that found that chronic back pain could be relieved by participation in either yoga or stretching classes. Although the focus of this study was on pain relief rather than improvement of function, both studies discovered that individuals faired better by attending instructor-led classes, rather than taking on the task of following a self-help program.

According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is one of the most common medical problems sending invidivuals to the doctor’s office, with 8 out of 10 people suffering from the condition at some point during their lives.

The severity of back pain can range from a dull but constant ache, to an abrupt, sharp pain. Sudden onset of back pain that lasts from a few days to a few weeks is known as acute back pain. However, the condition is considered chronic if the pain last for more than three months.

To find out if yoga could provide relief for those who suffer chronic back pain, the researchers followed 313 British back patients for the period between 2007 and 2010. The majority of study participants were middle-aged women. At the start of the study, participants had suffered from chronic back pain for an average of 10 years.

While all of the study subjects continued standard care for their back pain, including such therapies as medication, massage, and chiropractic treatment, in addition to having received a education booklet on back pain, 156 were enrolled an instructor-led, 12-session yoga class that would continue over the course of three months.

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