Yoga for back pain?11th June 2007
A research team are investigating the possible use of yoga to treat lower back pain.
The campaign is funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign and will examine positions used in two common styles of the exercise, Iyengar and Hatha yoga. Research in America has demonstrated that yoga can benefit people who suffer from back pain. Millions of people in the UK are afflicted by the condition.
The team will put a 12-week yoga programme - taught by 10 specially trained yoga tutors - to the test to see if it has an effect on the condition. Over 260 subjects with back pain, ranging in age from 18 to 65, will take part in the trial.
One half of the subjects will participate in a yoga course, and the rest will be given standard treatment. Classes will be designed for novices and will be structured around simple postures. At the end of the course, patients will be assessed. They will also be monitored after six months, and again a year later.
Professor David Torgerson, director of the University of York Clinical Trials Unit, said yoga might prove to be "suitable" in the treatment of the condition. He said: "If the trial shows yoga to be effective then this low-cost treatment will have a considerable impact in the quality of life of patients with back pain."
However, Professor Torgerson said that a larger study should be carried out in order to ensure the benefits are indisputable.
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Title: Yoga for back pain?
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3100
Date Added: 11th Jun 2007