Helping people manage chronic pain and maintain mobility may be among the best-studied benefits of yoga..
For instance, a 2017 Cochrane review of 12 clinical trials on yoga for chronic low-back pain found that practicing it led to small to moderate improvements in function after three and six months. Such benefits are important because persistent pain can cause people to lead a more sedentary lifestyle. “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” says Michael Waserman, M.D., a geriatrician and CEO of Rockport Healthcare Services, a company that provides clinical and professional support to nursing homes.
Yoga may help alleviate discomfort by improving flexibility and building muscle and core strength, Waserman says. Deep breathing could contribute, too. “Controlled breathing has been used as a pain control measure for centuries,” says Carol Krucoff, a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, N.C.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health May 2018
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