Does Yoga Improve Chronic Non‐Specific Low Back Pain?

What’s This Research About?

This Cochrane review evaluates the current evidence about yoga as a therapeutic intervention for individuals with NSLBP compared to no specific treatment, a minimal intervention such as education, or another active treatment, such as exercise. Pain, function, and adverse effects are also considered.

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Jenn Pilotti

TITLE: Yoga treatment for chronic non-specific low back pain (Review)


PUBLICATION: Cochrane Library

DATE: 2017

AUTHORS : Wieland LS, Skoetz N, Pilkington K, Vempati R, D’Adamo CR, Berman BM

Acute Pain: Pain lasting less than four weeks

Chronic pain: Pain that lasts longer than three months

Low back pain: Pain or discomfort between the lower ribs and gluteal folds. 

NSLBP: Non-specific low back pain. Low back pain with no known cause

Subacute pain: Pain lasting 4-12 weeks

10 million: the number of adults in the US using yoga for health reasons

According to a 2012 survey, 19.7% of individuals are practicing yoga specifically for low back pain.

Low back pain affects 38-85% of the population.

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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.

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