Yoga for Low-Back Pain?

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Nov 01, 2004

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Yoga, as well as other exercise that promotes balance, strength and flexibility, may be effective for people with low-back pain, according to an article published in the Journal of Family Practice (2004; 53 [8], 661–2). The authors reviewed more than 120 studies on the use of yoga for various medical conditions. No studies, however, directly evaluated the effect of yoga on back pain.

In a survey of 3,000 people practicing yoga for health ailments, 98% said that yoga benefited them. Thirty-eight percent of survey respondents suffered from back pain. The researchers pointed out the need for more studies but noted that there were no reports of harm from yoga therapy used for low-back pain.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at