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Back pain: How effective are yoga, tai chi, and qigong?

Low back pain affects a substantial proportion of adults. Currently, the treatment options are limited and often fall short. A new review asks if yoga, tai chi, and qigong might prove effective in reducing pain.

The latest review concludes that these practices may benefit some people with low back pain. However, because there is so little high quality research, it is currently impossible to reach reliable conclusions.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, around 80% of adults in the United States experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Current treatments include medications such as opioids, self-care, surgery, and physical therapy.

Because of the significant health and cost implications of opioids and major surgery, physical therapy is starting to receive increased attention from researchers.

As the authors of the new review explain, chronic low back pain “often contributes to emotional distress, including depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, and social isolation,” and “no effective treatment has been identified.”

Finding a drug-free, low cost intervention for low back pain could change millions of lives. As complementary and alternative therapies become more popular, some researchers are keen to understand whether or not they could benefit people with low back pain.

The review, which now appears in the journal Holistic Nursing Practice, set out to investigate how effective they might be.

Focusing on the alternatives

The authors of the review hailed from Florida Atlantic University’s College for Design and Social Inquiry and the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, both in Boca Raton, FL. ………. ……….. Continue Reading………. ……………..

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