Another Yoga Benefit?

There are a million and five reasons why we love yoga. From the way it makes us feel to the way it makes us look, we're big fans of the ancient holistic fitness. Apparently, there is another perk of practicing yoga that we haven't yet considered-its ability to diminish chronic low-back pain.

Chronic low-back pain is a common condition that lacks highly effective treatment options. In the past, small-scale studies have suggested that yoga may provide relief for sufferers. Picking up where prior trials left off, a new study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, set out to determine whether yoga is more effective than regular stretching exercises or a self-care book for those suffering from chronic low back pain.

The randomized trial was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Results revealed that yoga classes were tied to better back function and reduced chronic low back pain symptoms. But while yoga classes were more effective than a self-care-book, they were no more effective than stretching classes.