What is the efficacy of yoga and stretching for the treatment of mechanical low back pain?

Updated: Mar 06, 2018
  • Author: Everett C Hills, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Yoga can also be an effective treatment for low back pain, a study by Tilbrook et al has determined. In a randomized, controlled study, 313 patients for a 12-week period either attended yoga classes (n=156) or were given the usual care for chronic low back pain (n=157). After 3, 6, and 12 months, the yoga group demonstrated better back function compared with the usual care group. [28]

A randomized trial of 228 patients compared yoga (n=92), stretching (n=91), and a self-care book (n=45) for alleviation of chronic LBP. The results indicated that stretching classes were the best treatment option in improving function and reducing chronic LBP for at least several months, followed by yoga classes, and then the self-care book. Outcomes were assessed at baseline, 6, 12, and 26 weeks. [29]


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