Suffering from back pain and tired of popping pills to ease the discomfort? Yoga could be the new answer according to recent research from Boston Medical Center, collaborating with yoga teachers, doctors and physical therapists.
Trained instructors guided participants through gentle poses, including cat-cow, triangle pose and child’s pose. Simple relaxation techniques are part of the class as well. More difficult poses, such as inversions, are avoided.
The study findings are in line with updated guidelines for treating back pain from the American College of Physicians which suggests that those with back pain should avoid pain medication as far as possible and explore natural alternatives such as yoga, t’ai chi and massage. The guidelines are aimed at people with common back pain, not pain due to injury or any other diagnosed problem.
Source Boston Medical Center