Regular yoga classes can help alleviate back pain, according to one reporter’s experience with the ancient practice. A study by the Annals of Internal Medicine states that yoga can be just as effective as physical therapy to help ease back pain. Of the 320 participants followed in the study, those that attend weekly yoga classes for several weeks experienced relief – as much as the group that only received physical therapy – but also an increased feeling of well being. Yoga consists of stretching and holding precise poses for short periods of time which helps loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
- Yoga is equally effective to physical therapy when it comes to back pain
- Certain types of yoga are more effective than others, so you should discuss it with your instructor
- Yoga does not require medical insurance, so there’s no copay
“A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that yoga is just as effective as traditional physical therapy for targeting back pain.”