Yoga and Low Back Pain

What’s This Research About?

Due to yoga’s tremendous growth in popularity over the past years, more and more
people are turning to yoga as a complementary alternative medicine treatment (CAM).
In 2007, yoga was the 7th most commonly used CAM therapy. One of the main reasons
people use CAM therapies is for musculoskeletal pain, particularly low back pain.
However, how effective yoga is as a treatment is unclear.

Previously, literature reviews on yoga and chronic low back pain have been limited
in relevancy, have been of poor methodological quality, or have lacked acceptable
adherence to the intervention. This current review examines randomized control
trials, compares yoga to traditional exercise programs, and reviews how the findings
relate to disability and pain.

This study aims to:

  • Review current literature supporting the efficacy of yoga for chronic low back pain.
  • Examine high quality evidence on whether yoga is effective as a treatment
    for low back pain.

About The Author


Jenn Pilotti

TITLE: Yoga as a treatment for chronic low back pain: a systematic review of the literature 


PUBLICATION: Journal of Orthopedic Rheumatology

DATE: January 2016

AUTHORS : Douglas G. Chang, Jacquelyn A. Holt, Marisa Sklar, and Erik J. Groessi

  • 25% of US adults report low back pain lasting longer than a day
    within the last three months
  • The majority of individuals with low back pain recover within
    4-8 weeks
  • As many as 33% report moderate pain a year later
  • 20% of individuals with chronic low back pain suffer from
    depression, compared to 6% for pain-free individuals
  • In 2007, yoga was the 7th most commonly used complementary
    alternative medicine (CAM) 

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About the Author:

Jenn Pilotti has a BS in exercise physiology from UC Davis. After graduating in 2002, she was hired by the Beach and Tennis Club at Pebble Beach as a full time personal trainer. While there, she had the privilege of working with individuals of all ages, many of whom had aches and pains from a life well led. This piqued her interest in injuries, prevention, and pain. After years of undirected self study (and after leaving the security of a full time position to go out on her own), she enrolled in an online program through AT Still University, eventually acquiring a master's in human movement while working full time. After graduating, she continued to read research and write about its application to her work with clients. She fell in love with yoga in 2004, finally became 200 hour RYT in 2014 after years of workshops and self study (there seems to a theme), and continues to study somatic disciplines. She is DNS exercise trainer certified, FRCms, MovNat level I certified, GMB trainer certified, has taken PRI respiration, myokinematics, impingement and instability, and pelvis restoration, and has read an embarrassing number of books on movement, psychology, and wellness. She has an insatiable curiosity about what makes for a healthy person, physically and mentally, and she finds herself often asking why things work for some and not for others. She strongly believes in the power of knowledge and the power of movement. Learn more about Jenn Pilotti.