25 Oct '11, 12am

Yoga and stretching classes help people suffering from lower back pain, says study

Yoga and stretching classes help people suffering from lower back pain, says study

The yoga was a type known as viniyoga, which features poses adapted for the individual condition of those in the class. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA WASHINGTON (AFP) - People who suffer chronic lower back pain saw about the same improvement after taking yoga classes taught by highly trained teachers as they did from stretching classes, said a US study on Monday. The findings, described by authors as the largest US randomised trial on yoga to date, appear in the October 24 issue of the Archives on Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association. 'We found yoga classes more effective than a self-care book - but no more effective than stretching classes,' said lead study author Karen Sherman, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. 'We expected back pain to ease more with yoga than with stretching, so our findings surprised us,' she...

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