Suffering with chronic back pain? Physical therapy too expensive or far? Studies show that a targeted yoga routine can be as effective as physical therapy in relieving pain for chronic back pain sufferers. After 12 weeks, participants practicing yoga were less likely to use pain medication than a group that was given only an education handbook, and after 52 weeks the improvements were maintained. The great thing about yoga is that it can be practiced at home on your own schedule, not to mention the mental and emotional benefits that come along with it. A perfect fit for natural sustained pain relief in today’s busy world!
- Saper RB, Lemaster C, Delitto A, et al. Yoga, physical therapy, or education for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled noninferiority trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2017;167(2):85-94.