Yoga Can Cause Pain

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The researchers note that as a complementary therapy, yoga has been shown
to improve musculoskeletal ailments including neck pain, low back pain, and
osteoarthritis. However, these yoga interventions are led in highly controlled
experimental conditions which do not reflect the recreational yoga conditions
the average practitioner may encounter where yoga may provide inconsistent
physical demands (i.e. yoga is defined as a lifestyle for some while others consider
it a workout). The researchers argue that recreational yoga conditions may
cause musculoskeletal ailments, citing papers from Australia, the US, and Finland.

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Jules Mitchell

TITLE: Musculoskeletal pain associated with recreational yoga participation: A prospective cohort study with a 1-year follow-up


PUBLICATION: Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies

DATE: 2017

AUTHORS : Marc Campo, Mariya P. Shiyko, Mary Beth Kean, Lynne Roberts, Evangelos Pappas

Prospective cohort study: A prospective study watches a cohort (a group of people with a commonality) for the development of certain outcomes over a defined study period (usually long) and attempts to establish risk factors and/or protections factors of these outcomes.

Recreational yoga conditions: non-standardized and variable yoga sequences and instruction you may encounter out in the world

 Experimental yoga conditions: standardized and quality controlled yoga intervention led by screened instructor in a regulated setting

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About the Author:

Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a Los Angeles based yoga teacher, educator and massage therapist. Her unique approach blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. Jules’s methods intend to achieve ease in movement through deliberate effort, thus her teachings integrate numerous modalities, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science. Jules is currently writing her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, which is expected to become available in 2018 through Handspring Publishing. Learn more about Jules Mitchell.

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