Published by Practical Pain Management

The year-long study, conducted at Boston University and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that a structured yoga program may be an effective alternative treatment for low-back pain. (Costs of physical therapy and yoga vary widely but yoga may be a more affordable alternative for low-income adults.)

While a handful of studies have suggested that yoga helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic low-back pain, it hasn’t been extensively studied across diverse populations, including racial or ethnic minorities, those with lower socioeconomic status, or those who lack medical benefits or health insurance.

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