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
Aching back? You may want to add stress reduction in your therapy. A study of 342 people with chronic low back pain found that about 44 percent of those who underwent eight weeks of mindfulness-based stress reduction with yoga and meditation or had cognitive behavioral therapy (all also had their usual care) saw pain improve
"Mindfulness can have analgesic effects," says holistic physician Darren Weissman, DC. In a Health Psychology study, people who practiced 7 minutes a day for two weeks had a lower stress response to pain. Try these steps: Acknowledge the pain Observe its intensity and the associated emotion, whether that's stress, sadness, or frustration. Ask yourself what
Some pain-a stubbed toe or muscle strain-comes and goes quickly. But many older adults have chronic pain: pain that bothers them most days of the week for 3 months or more. It's more common as we age but doesn't have to be a fact of life. "Chronic pain can put you into a downward spiral,"
What do a cup of coffee, a bowl of beans, and a couple of ibuprofen have in common? Surprising answer: They all reduce pain. "Popping a pill may be easier, but it does nothing to cure the underlying cause of your pain like eating the right foods can do," says Beth Reardon, RD, director of
Chronic pain is a part of daily life for many individuals. In fact, it's estimated that 56 million Americans-or 28 percent of the adult population-experience chronic pain. Fortunately, there's much that doctors and other healthcare providers can do to reduce the severity of acute or chronic pain. It is important to establish an early diagnosis
Pain is your body's way of telling you that something isn't quite right. More often than not, you have some idea of what's behind it. But when it comes on suddenly, lingers longer than usual, or just seema different, it calls for medical attention and the sooner the better. According to our experts, all of