Iyengar teachers prove yoga helps back pain
A new study has revealed that yoga is a more effective way for people with lower back pain to become more mobile than the treatments currently offered by GPs. The study, which was based on 12 specially designed classes by Iyengar yoga teachers, found that back pain sufferers recorded greater improvements in everyday physical tasks if they did weekly yoga sessions.
The study found that back pain sufferers recorded greater improvements in everyday physical tasks such as walking, bending down and getting dressed if they did weekly yoga sessions.
Participants who had practised yoga reported enhanced function compared with those receiving standard care, even nine months after the yoga classes had finished.
Previous, smaller studies have suggested yoga could be beneficial to back pain sufferers. However, these have often involved just one teacher and have not included long-term follow-up.