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

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.

For Lower Back Pain Try Yoga, Doctors Say

Low back pain affects millions of adults each year, presenting a major global health burden. In a significant departure from traditional recommendations, the American College of Physicians (APC) has published... Read more

Common Shoulder Issues in Yoga: An Interview with Julie Gudmestad

Julie Gudmestad is a physical therapist, founder of Gudmestad Yoga in Portland, Oregon, and frequent contributor to Yoga Journal and Yoga International , She is well known for her unique anatomy-based teaching... Read more

New Perspectives on Back Pain: Does the Thoracolumbar Fascia (TLF) Hold the Key to Healing?

If you’ve ever had an aching low back, you’re keenly familiar with how painful it can be. Though we often point to tight muscles or disc problems as the source of pain, new insights into the fascia are revolutionizing how we think about back pain. This is great news for the 20-30% of us suffering from low back pain at any given time. Read more

How To Protect Your Lower Back and Create Stability in Any Yoga Pose

Physical therapists know this. Pilates teachers know this. Athletes and dancers know this; how come yoga teachers are behind? Recently one of the commentators on my blog, Michele, asked me: “Why don’t I hear... Read more
yoga for scoliosis, Dr. Loren Fishman

Yoga in the Treatment of Scoliosis—A Doctor’s Perspective

Scoliosis is characterized by a sideways curvature of the spine, and it is surprisingly common. Most people with minor scoliosis go through life and they may never even know that they have the condition... Read more

Dealing With Back Pain? Complementary Treatments Like Yoga May Be Best Option

A new study urges patients to be cautious when before opting for aggressive treatments like spinal fusion surgery. The study, completed in October 2013 by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service s, found that worker’s compensation patients who underwent spinal fusion (or sometimes a series of those operations) often suffered higher rates of permanent disability than others who had approached their pain in alternative ways. Read more

How Does Yoga Help Scoliosis? While surgery is an option for scoliosis patients, many cases aren’t severe enough to warrant the drastic and invasive bone-fusing procedure. Instead, many patients use a corrective brace to help compensate for the spinal curvature and provide pain relief. Yoga offers an alternative, complimentary approach to help treat the discomfort of scoliosis. Read more

Yoga Gets Nod as Alternative Treatment for Back Pain

If you’ve ever had an episode of acute back pain, you know that it can be one of the most excruciating experiences there is. The temptation is to rush to the doctor and get MRI and X-rays, strong prescription painkillers, and even surgery. Read more

Yoga and Chronic Back Pain: To Practice or Not to Practice and Why

Chronic pain can range from low grade, episodic to intense and persistent, and all points in between. While there is some evidence to support yoga’s usefulness for individuals with low back pain, people’s perceptions of the benefits and barriers of yoga practice are often what motivates them to either pull up a mat and give it a try, or steer away from the practice altogether. Read more

Dr. Loren Fishman Publishes Study Indicating that Yoga Can Reduce Scoliosis by 40 Percent

A single yoga pose, held for an average of only 1.5 minutes a day, six days a week, can reduce scoliosis by an average of 40 percent in as little as six months, a new study by Yoga U presenter Dr. Loren Fishman concludes. Read more