The following study was undertaken between 2007-2010 and was designed to assess whether there was any benefit in undertaking Yoga practice for patients with chronic lower back pain.
Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Trial
It has been known for a long time that Yoga can offer an alternative approach to the treatment of low back pain. While many studies have been done in the past, some have been limited by small sample sizes and short-term follow-ups. In contrast, this study took a sample of over 300 patients with chronic low back pain of which half undertook a 3-month yoga course while the others were treated in a “traditional” manner. Patients were then followed-up after 3, 6 and 12 months.
There are still complications in a study such as this that requires participants to attend a regular course of classes such as yoga, but there does seem to be evidence that yoga can assist, particularly over the long term
While back pain results were similar between both the yoga and the “traditional” groups, the yoga group exhibited better back function and general health scores after 3, 6, and 12 months.
So, if you were thinking of incorporating yoga in to your exercise routine, then this study should provide further support for making it happen.