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Study Compares Yoga with Exercise and a Self-Care Book for Chronic Low Back Pain

In a study of 101 adults with chronic low back pain who received 12 weekly sessions of yoga or conventional therapeutic exercise classes or a self-care book, back-related function in the yoga group was superior to both other interventions at 12 weeks and the benefits persisted for at least several months. At 26 weeks the exercise group and the yoga group produced similar results. Sherman KJ, Cherkin DC, Erro J, et al. “Comparing yoga, exercise and a self-care book for chronic low back pain: a randomized, controlled trial.” Annals of Internal Medicine. 143(12):849-56, 2005.



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