Report Endorses Insurance Coverage for Yoga/Mindfulness for Chronic Back Pain

By
B Grace Bullock, PhD, E-RYT 500

Breakthrough report finds sufficient evidence for insurance providers to cover yoga and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) as adjunct therapy for managing chronic low back pain.

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