Try Yoga for Back Pain – Consumer Reports

Below is an article published in Consumer Reports, my teach Larry Payne is mentioned. Having back surgery and experiencing personally how effective  yoga is in relieving pain and restoring the back to function is what motivated me to become a Yoga Therapist.  My focus was to specialize to work with those suffering from that same pain.  Parts of the article are below and a link to the complete article at the bottom.

Three moves that can give you relief

By Sally Wadyka

February 22, 2017

New guidelines released last week by the American College of Physicians (ACP) suggest that trying yoga for back pain is a good move.

The guidelines recommend opting for nondrug remedies first. The evidence that yoga offers a benefit is as strong as for other nonmedical treatments, such as chiropractic, massage, and tai chi, according to Richard Deyo, M.D., M.P.H. Deyo is the Kaiser Permanente Professor of Evidence-Based Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University and author of a review study of nondrug therapies for back pain, which was part of the research used to set the new guidelines.

And in a new, nationally representative survey from the Consumer Reports National Research Center of more than 3,500 adults, yoga (and tai chi, or the like) was helpful to almost 90 percent of the back-pain suffers who tried it. In comparison, 75 percent of people who saw a physical therapist and 64 percent who saw a primary care doctor said the advice or treatment they received gave them relief.

Further evidence of the potential benefits of yoga for back pain were found in a recent review of 12 studies by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Compared with those who didn’t exercise, those who did yoga saw small to moderate improvements in back function.


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