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7 papers 0 to 25 followers How yoga can influence back pain
By Dr. Shannon Dodson Absolute Therapy, Victoria BC
Moseon Lee, Woongjoon Moon, Jaehee Kim
Background. Serotonin and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are known to be modulators of nociception. However, pain-related connection between yoga and those neuromodulators has not been investigated. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the effect of yoga on pain, BDNF, and serotonin. Methods. Premenopausal women with chronic low back pain practiced yoga three times a week for 12 weeks. At baseline and after 12 weeks, back pain intensity was measured using visual analogue scale (VAS), and serum BDNF and serotonin levels were evaluated...
2014: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Susan Holtzman, R Thomas Beggs
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of yoga as an intervention for chronic low back pain (CLBP) using a meta-analytical approach. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that examined pain and⁄or functional disability as treatment outcomes were included. Post-treatment and follow-up outcomes were assessed. METHODS: A comprehensive search of relevant electronic databases, from the time of their inception until November 2011, was conducted. Cohen's d effect sizes were calculated and entered in a random-effects model...
September 2013: Pain Research & Management: the Journal of the Canadian Pain Society
Holger Cramer, Romy Lauche, Heidemarie Haller, Gustav Dobos
OBJECTIVES: To systematically review and meta-analyze the effectiveness of yoga for low back pain. METHODS: MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, CAMBASE, and PsycINFO, were screened through January 2012. Randomized controlled trials comparing yoga to control conditions in patients with low back pain were included. Two authors independently assessed risk of bias using the risk of bias tool recommended by the Cochrane Back Review Group. Main outcome measures were pain, back-specific disability, generic disability, health-related quality of life, and global improvement...
May 2013: Clinical Journal of Pain
N Hartfiel, C Burton, J Rycroft-Malone, G Clarke, J Havenhand, S B Khalsa, R T Edwards
BACKGROUND: Stress and back pain are two key factors leading to sickness absence at work. Recent research indicates that yoga can be effective for reducing perceived stress, alleviating back pain, and improving psychological well-being. AIMS: To determine the effectiveness of a yoga-based intervention for reducing perceived stress and back pain at work. METHODS: Participants were recruited from a British local government authority and randomized into a yoga group who received one 50 min Dru Yoga session each week for 8 weeks and a 20 min DVD for home practice and a control group who received no intervention...
December 2012: Occupational Medicine
Erik J Groessl, Kimberly R Weingart, Neil Johnson, Sunita Baxi
OBJECTIVES: Chronic low back (CLBP) pain is prevalent among military veterans and often leads to functional limitations, psychologic symptoms, lower quality of life, and higher health care costs. An increasing proportion of U.S. veterans are women, and women veterans may have different health care needs than men veterans. The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of a yoga intervention on women and men with CLBP. SUBJECTS/SETTING/INTERVENTION: VA patients with CLBP were referred by primary care providers to a clinical yoga program...
September 2012: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Helen E Tilbrook, Helen Cox, Catherine E Hewitt, Arthur Ricky Kang'ombe, Ling-Hsiang Chuang, Shalmini Jayakody, John D Aplin, Anna Semlyen, Alison Trewhela, Ian Watt, David J Torgerson
BACKGROUND: Previous studies indicate that yoga may be an effective treatment for chronic or recurrent low back pain. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of yoga and usual care for chronic or recurrent low back pain. DESIGN: Parallel-group, randomized, controlled trial using computer-generated randomization conducted from April 2007 to March 2010. Outcomes were assessed by postal questionnaire. (International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number Register: ISRCTN 81079604) SETTING: 13 non-National Health Service premises in the United Kingdom...
November 1, 2011: Annals of Internal Medicine
Karen J Sherman, Daniel C Cherkin, Robert D Wellman, Andrea J Cook, Rene J Hawkes, Kristin Delaney, Richard A Deyo
BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain is a common problem lacking highly effective treatment options. Small trials suggest that yoga may have benefits for this condition. This trial was designed to determine whether yoga is more effective than conventional stretching exercises or a self-care book for primary care patients with chronic low back pain. METHODS: A total of 228 adults with chronic low back pain were randomized to 12 weekly classes of yoga (92 patients) or conventional stretching exercises (91 patients) or a self-care book (45 patients)...
December 12, 2011: Archives of Internal Medicine
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