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Yoga Relieves Back Pain: Ease Chronic Discomfort, Naturally

Aug 30, 2013 12:13PM

Could a simple yoga class ease chronic back pain? Yes, say researchers in two recent studies.

Scientists at the University of Washington found that subjects reported a 61 percent decrease in back pain when practicing yoga in a 12-week period compared with doing simple stretching. The researchers attributed their findings, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, to yoga’s physical and breathing exercises and how they increase awareness and relaxation.

Another project, funded by Arthritis Research UK, showed that Britons with long-term back pain that took a 12-week yoga course reported 75 percent fewer sick days.

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