Evaluation of the Effectiveness and Efficacy of Iyengar Yoga Therapy on Chronic Low Back Pain

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Key Points

  • Significantly greater reductions in functional disability and pain intensity were observed in the yoga group when compared to the control group at 24 weeks.
  • A significantly greater proportion of yoga subjects also reported clinical improvements at both 12 and 24 weeks.
  • In addition, depression was significantly lower in yoga subjects
  • Compared to other forms of exercise treatment (e.g. Pilates, lumbar stabilization programs) this yoga protocol was two to six times more effective.
  • Yoga-related reductions in functional disability, pain intensity and depression were maintained at the six month follow-up.
  • There was a trend towards lower pain medication use after yoga.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4393557/