Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for doctor visits.

The American College of Physicians is now saying that alternatives to medications is the better way to go. Alternative therapies including yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage are better to try before prescribing over-the-counter or prescription medication. Opioids should be a last-ditch measure, experts say.

Yoga As Good as Physical Therapy For Back Pain

Of course, those patients who stick with their yoga practice will have better results in managing their lower back pain. Yoga reduces pain and improves function. As a result, the use of medication is dramatically reduced. Both Physical Therapy and yoga are effective but practicing yoga is more realistic over a long period of time. It’s simply more cost effective.

One study at a Boston hospital found yoga participants had a 48% reduction in pain, Physical therapy patients had a 37% reduction in pain. The beauty of yoga, said Dr Bonakdar, is that “it’s very well packaged” and includes not only body awareness, but mind awareness and breathing awareness. “And it feels good to do it; you don’t feel like you’re doing a medical intervention.”

4 Quick and Easy Yoga Poses For Lower Back Pain

If you’ve only got 5-10 minutes in the morning, these 4 yoga poses, below, can help you maintain a healthy and supple spine. If you’ve got a bit more time click here: Online yoga for back pain

Mountain Pose

Bridge Pose aka Shoulder Pose

Gas Releasing Pose

Child’s Pose aka Hare Pose

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