ICER Endorses Payer Coverage for Yoga, Mindfulness for Chronic Back Pain

ICER, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, says there are good studies that conclude that some alternative therapies can reduce pain and improve function for some people with chronic lower back pain. Since these therapies are comparatively cost-effective, and come with less risk than standard treatments, ICER endorses payer coverage. Yoga, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction are the alternative therapies that will be covered. This gives alternative therapies medical viability, and assists clients who could not afford the therapies otherwise.

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