The research in the US journal the Annals of Internal Medicine was led by scientists at the University of York, included more than 300 people and was described as the largest of its kind to date in the United Kingdom.
Researchers derived their study samples from a group of people who were already seeing a doctor for chronic or recurrent back pain. They assigned 156 of them to yoga classes and left 157 to the care of their physicians.
After three months, the yoga group reported they “were able to undertake 30 percent more activities compared with those in the usual care group,” said the study.
The main advantage appeared to be having more confidence to perform daily tasks such as “walking more quickly, getting dressed without help or standing up for longer periods of time,” and not necessarily pain relief, it said.
Those taking yoga reported slightly less pain compared to the usual care group, but the difference was of “marginal statistical significance,” the researchers said.
The data adds to a series of studies on how yoga may improve health. A study published earlier this month in the US journal Archives of Internal Medicine found yoga and stretching alleviated back pain more than reading a self-help manual.
Other studies out this year have suggested yoga can lower stress and improve quality of life among breast cancer patients, as well as cut irregular heartbeat episodes in half among cardiac patients.
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