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Iyengar Yoga Therapy Reduced Pain and Improved Function in Mild Chronic Low Back Pain

A randomized control trial was conducted in subjects with long-standing, chronic low back pain. Iyengar yoga therapy was compared to an educational control group in a 16 week long program. Forty-two patients completed the study. Analyses of medical and functional outcomes revealed significant reductions in pain intensity (64%), functional disability (77%) and pain medication usage (88%) in the yoga group at the post and 3-month follow-up assessments. These preliminary data indicate that the majority of self-referred persons with mild chronic low back pain in this study reported improvement on medical and functional pain-related outcomes from Iyengar yoga therapy. Williams K, Petronis J, Smith D, et al. Pain. 115(1-2): 107-117, 2005.



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