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Back Function Can be Improved by Yoga | Care2 Healthy Living

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A research study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found a twelve-week yoga regimen for adults with chronic or recurring low back pain improved back function better than standard care did. 313 adults with chronic or recurrent low back pain were included in the study. 156 used the twelve-week yoga program for their back pain, and 157 received standard care. “Our results showed that yoga can provide both short- and long-term benefits to those suffering from chronic or recurrent back pain, without any serious side effects,” said the study’s lead author, Helen E. Tilbrook. (Source: USA Today ) The yoga group had better back function than the standard care group at months 3, 6, 9 and 12, meaning the improvement they experienced was more than just a short-term effect. The yoga program was twelve classes with a gradual increase in difficulty over 3 months. Each yoga pa...

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