Alleviate Lower Back Pain FAST – So Soothing! 1 Easy Trick for Older Adults

By on January 16, 2017
A simple home-based workout program could help reduce lower back pain, claims a new scientific review.

Appearing in Cochrane Library, it shows that yoga led to reductions in lower back pain while improving functionality. More specifically, it improved a type of back pain called chronic non-specific lower back pain, a type of pain not caused by a specific disease or injury.

Susan Wieland, lead author of the review, however notes the research reviewed had a short follow-up, suggesting its effects are short-term, not long-term.

“Our findings suggest that yoga exercise may lead to reducing the symptoms of lower back pain by a small amount, but the results have come from studies with a short follow up,” says Wieland, a Cochrane Complementary Medicine Research Methodologist. ” At the moment we only have low to moderate quality evidence for the effects of yoga before six months as a type of exercise for helping people with chronic lower back pain.”

In the review, researchers examined 12 previous studies which examined how short-term yoga programs helped men and women dealing with chronic back pain. 7 of these studies compared the effects of no exercises versus yoga, whereas other studies looked at how it ranked against other exercise programs, such as back exercise programs.

Here is what researchers found:

  • Compared to no exercise at all, yoga helped reduce lower back pain. However, this effect was short-lived, working within the first 6 to 12 months of the program.
  • It also improved back function. Yoga appeared to enhance flexibility among people with lower back pain, improving their quality of life. It also allowed them to be more mobile.
  • Some people actually experienced more back pain. In about 5 percent of the participants, back pain increased, comparable to side effects experienced from back-focused workouts.

However, researchers stress that its benefits aren’t significant or long-lasting, making it more ideal for supplementing a  current back pain reduction program. Using yoga alone probably won’t improve back pain significantly, they note.

“The yoga exercises practised [sic] in the studies were developed for low back pain and people should also remember that in each of the studies we reviewed, the yoga classes were led by experienced practitioners,” says Wieland. “The findings of this Cochrane Review will help people make more informed choices about their future treatment options.”

What This Means For You

Yoga is a cure-all for many conditions; but when it comes to lower back pain, researchers aren’t too keen on it.

The biggest issue? While it does reduce back pain, it isn’t significant. In addition, it only produces short-term effects, making it useless for long-term back pain sufferers.

Still–if you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up–it couldn’t hurt to give yoga a shot. You can do so discreetly by buying a yoga DVD for home use (if public exercise gives you the jitters).

Readers: What is your favorite type of yoga?

Yoga May Have Health Benefits for People with Chronic Non-Specific Lower Back
Yoga Treatment for Chronic Non-Specific Low Back Pain (Review)

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