Many people in today’s society are suffering from back pains. There is no clear explanation to what exactly triggers such affections. However, the 9 to 5 jobs mostly require office work which imposes standing at a desk for at least 8 hours. This can be one of the causes of a precarious health condition. Nonetheless, a new study pushes yoga practice forward as a viable solution to back pain alleviation.
The Practice of Yoga Turned into a Standalone Industry
Annals of Internal Medicine is a prestigious publication that released a new research paper on June 20 regarding a common condition. So far, there were sparse signs that indicated that treatments but physical therapy are effective to combat mild back pains.
However, this new study leveraged a recent health care trend inspired from the Indian culture. There’s a whole industry built around the practice of yoga with branches in retail, media, and studios. The good news is that there is one more scientific experiment that certifies certain benefits of yoga.
The team of scientists observed the evolution of 320 participants who were all adults of diverse races. However, all of them had one health condition in common which was moderate to severe chronic lower back pain. Around two-thirds of them received medication for their pain.
Afterward, they were randomly selected for three types of programs that lasted for 12 weeks. One of them required 15 sessions of one hour of physical therapy as well as home practice. The other one conscripted them to 12 sessions of yoga for 75 minutes each with extra practice at home. However, some participants in the study received no classes at all. Instead, their task was to read and listen to self-help texts.
The Experiment Showed Back Pain Alleviation for Both Yoga and Physical Therapy Practitioners
After the end of the 12 weeks, scientists kept contact with participants for another nine months. They offered them occasional support to continue their home sessions of reading, yoga or physical therapy.
The results indicated that those who practiced yoga and physical therapy showed greater improvements than those with passive tasks. However, there was not a clear comparison between the effectiveness of the two kinds of treatment for back pain alleviation. Nonetheless, the findings convey yoga more confidence in its medicinal benefits.
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