Yoga has small benefit for chronic ba...

Yoga has small benefit for chronic back pain: study

There are 3 comments on the Geriatrics story from Nov 1, 2011, titled Yoga has small benefit for chronic back pain: study. In it, Geriatrics reports that:

In a new UK study of adults with chronic lower back pain, a 12-week yoga class led to a small improvement in how well participants could perform daily activities, but it did not ease their pain.

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Lisbon, Portugal

#1 Nov 2, 2011
"The researcher­s write, however, that because their study found stretching and yoga led to similar improvemen­ts, the primary benefits of yoga were attributab­le to the stretching and strengthen­ing of participan­ts' muscles, rather than any mental or spiritual effects."

What people commonly call "yoga" is actually a variation of Hatha Yoga. The practice of posture or asana really has little to no spiritual effect, it is simply meant to prime the body and mind for meditation­.

Torrance, CA

#3 Dec 22, 2011
I could attest that Yoga usually focus on healthy muscles especially flexibility, it didnt say about healing back pains but all i know that it can relieve pain by traditional back massage.

Since: Jan 12

Kunming, China

#4 Jan 15, 2012
i agree.i've been suffer from neck and back pain for a long time, and it was because i thought yoga could help to ease or kill those pain that i began yoga indeed makes my body more flexible and improves my health. yet my back still pains. back pains are usually linked to cervical spondylosis, which,i believe,is incurable,but a back massage or acupunture treatment can release you from the pain for at least 2 or 3 days.

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