Yoga Meditation Benefits Back Pain Sufferers — Huffington Post

Among those who regularly receive yoga meditation benefits, it would seem that now those suffering from chronic back pain are now being added to the list. In a recent post by Amanda L. Chan at the Huffington Post, studies identifying the costs related to treatment and absenteeism involving those suffering from chronic back pain are reduced. In our present environment of concerns over runaway health costs, this form of intervention would help reduce the financial burdens on both the individual and on society.

Yoga Meditation Benefits Back Pain Sufferers — Huffington Post

People with chronic low back pain may want to try taking to the yoga mat to relieve their symptoms, a small new study suggests.

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Yoga meditation benefits back pain sufferers recent studies show. Photo c/o Photos.Com.

Researchers from the University of York in the United Kingdom found that back pain sufferers who participated in a group yoga program for 12 weeks had fewer medical costs and fewer missed days from work, compared with people who didn’t participate in the yoga program.

“We welcome the fact that not only has yoga been found to help people manage their back pain, but that it is also cost effective, and results in fewer sick days,” Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, which funded the study, said in a statement. “It is another option for people who are struggling to manage their condition, and one that encourages the move to self-management.”

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So yoga meditation benefits back pain sufferers by improving their quality of life. This is one area of care that standard mainstream medicine has often been shown as very limited to many. Using these methods costs very little and helps people back to work and while minimizing the current emphasis on pain medications that can have their own problems with chronic use. Costs can be lowered and the impact on the economy greatly diminished. In the current economic and political environment we find ourselves in as a nation and how it relates to our current health care system, this is certainly an item of encouraging news.

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