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Yoga for Back Pain

Yoga for Fitness

Today, back pain sufferers can treat their pain with an assortment of over-the-counter medications such as heat pads, ice packs, physical therapy sessions as well as with a panoply of other medical treatments like surgery or steroid injections. But as more of us seek out non-invasive and drugless alternatives to treat ailments, yoga has been gaining popularity as a way to improve back pain.

Whether it is a sufferer's first line of defense or last resort, yoga for back pain is an effective and non-invasive way to treat the symptoms of back pain and prevent its recurrence. Yoga's ability to strengthen and lengthen abdominal muscles, stretch and release tight back muscles and encourage the action of the legs support healing and can potentially prevent a painful back pain relapse.

In a 2009 study funded by the National Institutes of Health, yoga helped people with chronic low back pain improve their functioning, boost their mood and ease their symptoms, more than conventional treatment. Studies like this are becoming so promising that hospitals and doctors around the country are prescribing yoga as part of their back pain treatment plans.

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