Doing yoga is a more effective way for people with lower back pain to become more mobile than the treatments currently offered by GPs, according to new research.
The study found
that back pain sufferers recorded greater improvements in everyday
physical tasks such as walking, bending down and getting dressed if they
did weekly yoga sessions. Participants who had practised yoga
reported enhanced function compared with those receiving standard care,
even nine months after the yoga classes had finished.
smaller studies have suggested yoga could be beneficial to back pain
sufferers. However, these have often involved just one teacher and have
not included long-term follow-up.
Back pain is estimated to affect 80% of adults at some point in their lives, and one in five people visits their GP in any given year because of it. The
condition, defined as chronic if it lasts longer than six weeks, is the
second most common cause of long-term disability after arthritis and
second only to stress as a cause of absence from work. It costs the NHS
around £1bn per year and the annual cost to the economy has been
estimated at £20bn.
Existing treatment options include
painkillers, spinal manipulation, acupuncture, exercise classes and
cognitive behavioural therapy.
Source - Guardian