Yoga is just as good as physical therapy for the treatment of chronic low back pain according to research recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. 320 study participants were randomly assigned to either 12 weekly yoga sessions, 15 physical therapy sessions, or to read an educational book and newsletters on how to manage chronic low back pain. After this, the researchers continued to follow the participants for 1 year, which included a 40-week maintenance phase. During the maintenance phase, yoga participants either took yoga drop-in classes or practised yoga at home. Physical therapy participants took part in physical therapy booster sessions or practised physical therapy at home. The results showed that ‘a manualized yoga program for nonspecific chronic low back pain was noninferior to physical therapy for function and pain’.
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